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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Investment in Phillippines' Power Generation Wanting

LCG, Apr. 21, 2004--A substantial amount of power generation reserves enjoyed by the Phillippines may not last through 2007-2008, if investors do not acquire financing to build new plants starting this year or next.

Although reserves were measured at 63 per cent of demand last year, the bankrupt state power utility, Napocor, no longer has a sufficiently strong credit rating to allow it to borrow more from development banks to finance plants. In addition, regulators lowered the rates it could charge, weaking its cash flow situation. Government officials want to sell off the utility's various assets in order to pay off Napocor's debts.

Distribution companies selling electricity at the retail level are now being ordered to submit five-year plans outlining how they will obtain adequate supplies for their customers. In addition, a market system is envisioned that will encourage private investment to provide not only generation but transmission operations.

Given the current forecasts of demand growth, reserves are estimated to fall to 13 per cent in 2008, below the 20 per cent that is seen as necessary to avoid supply disruptions in case of generator outages. If no investment is forthcoming in order to make more capacity available by 2007-2008, security needs might have to be met by reviving older plants that have been shut down.
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