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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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SoCal Edison Proposes Discounts for Struggling Businesses

LCG, Apr. 9, 2004--The California Public utilities Commission received a plan last week put forth by Southern California Edison that would allow the utility to grant discounts to medium-sized businesses that are able to show poor financial health, in order that Edison could retain those businesses as viable customers of the utility.

The plan would provide discounts starting at 25 percent in the first year, and incrementally smaller discounts for each of the next four years, with changes of 5 percent per year. The likely impetus behind Edison's proposal is an interest in deterring its customers from using direct access, which allowed businesses to pursue wholesale deals with competing suppliers until the California energy crisis. Bills have been introduced in the Legislature that would restore the ability of large energy users to make such deals.

PUC Commissioner Loretta Lynch articulated a concern that, if implemented, such discounts as the plan proposes could result in a transfer of costs to smaller, mostly residential users of electricity. Lynch said that efforts should be made to bring lower rates to all customer classes. If industrial customers were to leave Southern California Edison due to direct access, it could also result in higher costs for residential utility customers who remain.
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