ERCOT 2019 Summer Quarter Outlook

LCG, May 29, 2019-- LCG released a new summer (June – September 2019) report that looks at how the ERCOT grid copes with strained network conditions. Resource adequacy analysis for the region is especially important during extreme summer loading conditions. This summer the network is under particular scrutiny as the reserves have tightened because of recent retirements.

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South Field Energy Breaks Ground for 1,182-MW Power Plant

LCG, May 16, 2019--South Field Energy LLC announced yesterday its groundbreaking for an 1,182-MW, combined-cycle electric generating facility in Columbiana County, Ohio. The natural gas-fired facility is scheduled to commence operations in mid-2021 and represents a $1.3 billion investment.

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Industry News

Rising Costs Lead Westar to Defer Decision on New Coal-fired Power Plant

LCG, December 29, 2006--Westar Energy Inc. announced that it plans to defer selecting a site for a new, 600-MW electric generating station due to significant increases in the estimated cost of the coal-fired facility. The company had previously expected to make the site selection by the end of 2006.

The estimated cost has increased from $1 billion to $1.4 billion since the plant was announced in May 2005. With the higher cost, the project is no longer necessarily the low-cost supply to serve the utility's growing demand for electricity in Kansas.

Duke Energy has had similar facility cost increase issues with its planned upgrade and expansion of its Cliffside Steam Station in North Carolina. In May 2005 Duke filed an application with the North Carolina Utilities Commission that included the addition of two, 800-MW coal units. Late this year, Duke announced that the estimated cost has increased from $2 billion to $3 billion. Due to the roughly fifty percent increase in the estimated cost, the Commission has scheduled additional hearings to begin January 17, 2007.

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