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Virginia Governor Signs Executive Order to Drive Renewable Energy Installations

LCG, September 18, 2019--The Governor of Virginia signed an Executive Order 43 yesterday setting statewide goals for clean energy deployment and expands upon the Commonwealth's commitments to reduce the environmental impact, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and boost the clean energy economy in Virginia.

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Los Angeles Moves A Step Closer to Approving Huge Solar with Battery Storage Installation

LCG, September 12, 2019--The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan on September 10 to install a 300-MW/1,200-MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) located at 8minute Solar Energy's (8mSE) Eland Solar and Storage Center.

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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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