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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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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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