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New York Announces 1,700 MW of New Offshore Wind Projects and 70 Percent Renewables Requirement by 2030

LCG, July 22, 2019--The Governor of New York announced last Thursday that the State has executed the nation's largest offshore wind agreement - totaling approximately 1,700 MW - in U.S. history. The Governor also signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which includes a mandates of 9,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035, 70 percent renewable energy by 2030, plus a Zero-Carbon Emission Electric Sector by 2040.

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Georgia PSC Approves Georgia Power's 2019 IRP

LCG, July 18, 2019--The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has unanimously approved Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power's 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which was submitted in late January.

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FERC Grants SPP RTO Status

LCG, October 6, 2004--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted the Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) RTO status, subject to SPP submitting further revisions. The Commission also issued an Order on Rehearing related to SPP, removing some of the obstacles from the path to becoming a fully-functioning RTO. Both Orders were issued October 1, 2004.

The Commission previously issued a July 2, 2004 Order which had acknowledged SPP's continuing efforts to meet the prerequisites for RTO status and had identified specific, remaining issues to be addressed. The Commission has accepted many of the changes proposed by SPP, such as those related to "Corporate Governance". To address grandfathered agreements (GFA), the Commission noted SPP's commitment to address conversion issues at a technical workshop.

Commissioner Brownell dissented with respect to two issues. First, the Commissioner stated, "It is still unclear whether SPP has adequate authority to direct the day-to-day operations of the facilities within its footprint." Second, the Commissioner took issue with the fact that SPP had submitted a contract with an independent market monitor (IMM) that was inconsistent with the Commission's specific requirements previously set forth in its July 2 Order.

In the Order on Rehearing (issued October 1), the Commission did grant a rehearing for Schedule 1 rate pancaking, noting that "an RTO tariff must not result in transmission customers paying multiple access charges to recover capital costs." The Commission required SPP to submit a timetable to remove pancaking from Schedule 1.

The Commission clarified that its earlier, February 10 Order "does not contemplate any development and implementation of Day 2 markets, beyond the energy imbalance market in development as part of Phase 1 of SPP's plan, without the preparation of cost/benefit analysis." The Commission also clarified issues related to the Regional State Committee (RSC), such as stating, "our purpose in approving an RSC is not to usurp state authority, but, rather, to facilitate state consensus on certain regional issues and a partnership between this Commission and state commissions."

SPP, a regional reliability council since 1968, has 48 members serving customers in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

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