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NorthRenew Energy's Mesquite Sky Wind Project Commences Construction

LCG, January 21, 2021 -– NorthRenew Energy (“NorthRenew”) announced today that Clearway Energy Group (“Clearway”) achieved construction commencement on the Mesquite Sky Wind Project, f/k/a Baird North Wind Project (“Mesquite Sky”), initially developed by NorthRenew and sold to Clearway in 2019. Following the sale in 2019, NorthRenew continued to assist Clearway with final development and pre-construction services.

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Minnesota Power Announces Vision for 100 Percent Carbon-Free Energy by 2050

LCG, January 13, 2021--Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company, yesterday announced its vision to deliver 100 percent carbon-free energy to customers by 2050.

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Report on Blackout Faults FirstEnergy

LCG, Apr. 6, 2004--A report completed by a joint U.S.-Canadian group on the causes of the August blackout that affected a large region in the U.S. and part of Canada found that FirstEnergy's inadequate response to initial outages was largely responsible for the scale of the events that followed.

The report also listed a number of specific operational and maintenance measures that it said should be implemented in order to enhance reliability, and found that not many changes had yet been made since the blackout. The authors noted that there is currently no widespread standard for trimming trees near high-voltage transmission lines, despite the fact that local utilities routinely monitor trees near less critical distribution lines, based on rules established by state commissions. Disagreement among utilities on the issue of what maintenance near high-voltage lines might entail has discouraged the North American Electric Reliability Council from issuing standards.

In addition to the conclusion that load shedding by FirstEnergy in the amount of 1,500 megawatts might have headed off the blackout, the report also drew attention to shortcomings on the part of reliability councils and other grid monitors. FirstEnergy's senior vice president of energy delivery, Chuck Jones, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal as saying "We don't think that's factually correct," in response to the report's assertion that the company failed to conduct voltage analyses to a degree that could have made its service area less vulnerable to widespread failures.
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