Virginia Governor Signs Executive Order to Drive Renewable Energy Installations

LCG, September 18, 2019--The Governor of Virginia signed an Executive Order 43 yesterday setting statewide goals for clean energy deployment and expands upon the Commonwealth's commitments to reduce the environmental impact, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and boost the clean energy economy in Virginia.

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Los Angeles Moves A Step Closer to Approving Huge Solar with Battery Storage Installation

LCG, September 12, 2019--The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan on September 10 to install a 300-MW/1,200-MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) located at 8minute Solar Energy's (8mSE) Eland Solar and Storage Center.

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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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