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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Oglethorpe Power Announces Plans for Biomass Power Plants in Georgia

LCG, September 19, 2008--Oglethorpe Power Corporation (OPC) yesterday announced plans to construct as many as three, 100-MW power plants that would be fueled by woody biomass. The first two facilities are scheduled to commence operations in 2014 and 2015, with a possible third plant coming on-line in 2015.

The design for the projects includes conventional fluidized bed boilers and steam turbine technology. The planned fuel supply will primarily be a mixture of forest harvest residues, chipped pulpwood, and waste materials from sawmills. There are no plans to use any fossil fuels. With respect to carbon emissions, biomass power generation is generally deemed carbon neutral.

OPC is the nation's largest power supply cooperative and serves 38 Electric Membership Corporations that together provide electricity to 4.1 million Georgians.

Tom Smith, OPC's president and chief executive officer, stated, "We're pleased to find an environmentally friendly way to help meet some of our members' growing demand for electricity. OPC's members continue to grow and have an increasing need for additional power."

OPC is one of a growing number of companies planning on biomass to fuel relatively large, electric generating facilities in the Southeast. Last month, Georgia Power submitted a request to the Georgia Public Service Commission for approval to convert an aging, coal-fired unit at its Mitchell Generating Plant in Georgia to use wood wastes. The modified unit would use a direct-fire, stoker technology for a design capacity of 96 MW.

Also in August, the Austin City Council approved a 20-year, power purchase agreement (PPA) with Nacogdoches Power LLC for the electricity generated from a 100-MW facility using a fluidized bed design and fueled with woody biomass. The project site is in Nacogdoches County, Texas.

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) is also discussing a similar, 100-MW project with Nacogdoches Power LLC that could be constructed at the existing Deerhaven Generating Station near Gainesville, Florida.
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