Enel Starts Construction on the 450-MW High Lonesome Wind Project in Texas

LCG, January 9, 2019--Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGPNA”), the US renewable energy company of the Enel Group, announced Friday that construction has commenced on the 450-MW High Lonesome Wind Project in west Texas. The project is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2019. Once completed, High Lonesome will be the largest wind farm in Enel's global renewables portfolio.

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2019 ERCOT Outlook report available from LCG Consulting

LCG, January 9, 2019 --Texas continues to see growth in renewable energy resources. In 2018, ERCOT endorsed major transmission projects to serve load growth while relieving congestion in the Far West region. New import and export capabilities are also on the horizon, such as through the integration of Lubbock Power & Light and the possible Southern Cross transmission project.

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ITC Great Plains Receives Siting Approval for Phase II of KETA Project

LCG, July 2, 2010--The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) on June 30 granted the siting permit and approved the 85-mile, 345-kV electric transmission line proposed by ITC Great Plains, LLC for Phase II of the KETA project. The project is designed to improve the reliability of the regional grid and increase transmission capacity to export wind power from Kansas.

The 345-kV KETA (Kansas Electric Transmission Authority) Project will extend approximately 225 miles from Spearville, Kansas north to Axtell, Nebraska and will be built in three phases: Spearville to the Post Rock substation near Hays; Post Rock to the Kansas-Nebraska border; and from the Kansas-Nebraska border to Axtell. ITC Great Plains will build the first two segments, from Spearville to the Nebraska border. The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) will build the third, 51-mile segment, from the Kansas-Nebraska border north to Axtell, where it will interconnect with an NPPD substation.

The Phase I, 89-mile route from Spearville to Hays was approved by the KCC in July 2009.

ITC Great Plains filed its Application for Phase II on March 2, 2010.

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) endorsed addition of the KETA Project to the SPP Transmission Expansion Plan (STEP) as an approved, technically viable, economic upgrade. By virtue of the proposed line being approved as part of the SPP balanced portfolio, this line will be funded on a regional basis under the SPP Open Access Transmission Tariff and will be included in the regional postage stamp cost allocation methodology that allocates the transmission revenue requirement for the project across the SPP region.
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