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New York PSC Approves Ravenswood Energy Storage Project

LCG, October 18, 2019--The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday approved construction of the largest battery storage facility in New York State history. The 316-MW Ravenswood Energy Storage Project will be built in Long Island City, Queens, New York and scheduled to be partially operational by March 2021.

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Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP Announce 250-MW Solar Project in Colorado

LCG, October 1, 2019--Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP announced Friday that they have reached a long-term agreement to develop a 240-MW solar facility in Colorado. Lightsource BP will finance, build, own and operate the Bighorn Solar project and sell all the electricity it generates to Xcel Energy under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). The project will be built on EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel property in Pueblo, making it the largest on-site solar facility dedicated to a single customer in the country.

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Construction Begins on Carbon-Free Coal Plant

LCG, May 31, 2006--The official ground-breaking ceremony occurred in Germany earlier this week for a coal-fired power plant that will employ the oxyfuel technology to capture and sequester carbon. The 30-MW plant is under construction in eastern Germany near Cottbus and is the pilot plant being built by Vattenfall AB, an electric utility owned by the Swedish government. The plant is estimated to cost $64 million and is scheduled to commence operations in 2008.

To reduce emissions and create the opportunity for carbon capture from coal plants, most companies are selecting an integrated gasification and combined cycle (IGCC) design. In contrast, Vattenfall's choice relies on incorporating the oxyfuel technology with a traditional, pulverized coal plant design. With the oxyfuel technology, the combustion process burns the coal in pure oxygen, rather than air - which is mostly nitrogen. The volume of flue gas is much less and consists mostly of carbon dioxide and water. The water can be condensed and separated, leaving the carbon dioxide that can then be liquefied and stored. The final plans for storing the carbon dioxide from Vattenfall's pilot project are not certain at this time. Solutions under review include underground storage in aquifers and spent oil wells.

Given successes with the technology, economics, and public acceptance; Vattenfall plans to develop a larger, 300-MW plant by 2015 and a 1,000-MW plant by 2020.
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