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New York Issues Offshore Wind Solicitation

LCG, November 9, 2018--The Governor of New York yesterday announced a solicitation for 800 MW or more of new offshore wind projects to supply renewable energy to New York to combat climate change. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) issued the Request for Proposals (RFP), which is the first key step in New York's plan to install 2,400 MW of offshore wind projects by 2030.

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Xcel Energy to Acquire Mankato Energy Center from Southern Power

LCG, November 8, 2018--Xcel Energy and Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, earlier this week announced an agreement for Southern Power to sell the Mankato Energy Center to Xcel Energy for $650 million. The completion of the sale, subject to regulatory approval and other closing conditions, is expected to be mid-2019.

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Former Executive Involved in Project Alpha at Dynegy Sentenced

LCG, Mar. 29, 2004--Jamie Olis, a former executive and tax-planning specialist at Dynegy Inc., was sentenced to prison for more than 24 years by a federal judge in district court in Houston last week.

Olis, 38, decided to plead not guilty to charges stemming from his role in setting up Project Alpha, which characterized a loan as cash flow. Project Alpha was said to make the company's financial condition appear better than it actually was. The sentence was based on recently imposed sentencing guidelines for business crimes. Under the earlier guidelines, Olis' conviction might have resulted in a seven-year sentence.

Prosecutors contended that Project Alpha should be considered for its impact on Dynegy shareholders, who experienced investment losses when the nature of the accounting scheme was revealed. Two others who took part in the accounting treatment, including Gene S. Foster, Olis' former boss, and Helen C. Sharkey, a former specialist in risk-assessment, submitted guilty pleas and are likely to receive sentences of less than five years. Mr. Olis' lawyer, David Gerger, was quoted in the New York Times as saying, "The government is on a witch hunt, and today the witch hunt netted a very small fish."
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