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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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Department of Interior Approves Cape Wind Project

LCG, April 30, 2010--The U.S. Department of Interior Wednesday approved the Cape Wind offshore wind project proposed for Nantucket Sound off the coast of Massachusetts. The project developer, Cape Wind, has pursued government approval since 2001 and completed State and local permitting in 2009.

The 468-MW wind project will include 130 wind turbines and will connect to the power grid via a 66.5-mile, buried submarine transmission cable system. The project developer plans to commence construction by the end of the year.

The Department of Interior will require additional measures to minimize the potential adverse impacts, such as changing the design and configuration of the wind turbines to diminish the visual effects and to conduct additional seabed surveys to ensure submerged archaeological resources are protected. Revisions include reducing the number of turbines from 170 to 130 and moving the wind farm further from Nantucket Island. The turbines will be painted off-white to reduce contrast with the sea and sky yet remain visible to birds.

Approval for the Cape Wind project is still needed from the Federal Aviation Administration, as the turbines may interfere with tower-to-aircraft transmissions.

On March 31, Cape Wind announced that it had entered into an agreement with Siemens to supply 130 3.6-MW turbines for its offshore wind farm.
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