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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CA Attorney General Says Gaming of Power Market Still Possible

LCG, Apr. 13, 2004--Market manipulation of "epidemic" severity is still a possibility in California's power market, the state's attorney general Bill Lockyer maintains in a newly released report.

"The incentives to game the market and create disruption appear, for the most part, to remain in place," the report states. According to the findings in the report, neither the state nor the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has put in place policies that will effectively deter attempts at manipulation.

The report criticizes a rule established by the FERC that restricts requests for refunds to sixty days after the occurrence of alleged overcharges and the filing of a complaint. The FERC did not recognize as eligible the state's claims that manipulation had occurred between May 2000 up to October 2000, based on the rule. In the report, it is argued that refund requests be considered without the waiting period.

Poor relations between the FERC and California officials do not show any signs of dying down. Bryan Lee, a FERC spokesman, called the attorney general's report "a cheap political stunt" in which California paid scant attention to its own poor job of market design.
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