NorthRenew Energy's Mesquite Sky Wind Project Commences Construction

LCG, January 21, 2021 -– NorthRenew Energy (“NorthRenew”) announced today that Clearway Energy Group (“Clearway”) achieved construction commencement on the Mesquite Sky Wind Project, f/k/a Baird North Wind Project (“Mesquite Sky”), initially developed by NorthRenew and sold to Clearway in 2019. Following the sale in 2019, NorthRenew continued to assist Clearway with final development and pre-construction services.

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Minnesota Power Announces Vision for 100 Percent Carbon-Free Energy by 2050

LCG, January 13, 2021--Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company, yesterday announced its vision to deliver 100 percent carbon-free energy to customers by 2050.

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Southern Company Withdraws Request for Loan Guarantee for Kemper County Coal Project

LCG, April 5, 2013--Southern Company announced that it has withdrawn its request for a $1.5 billion loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for its Kemper County coal project, which is currently under construction by its subsidiary, Mississippi Power. The company concluded that lower-cost financing could be obtained relative to what it expected from the DOE.

"Mississippi Power has secured financing at a lower rate than our certified projected Department of Energy loan, reducing overall costs to customers," stated a Southern Company spokesperson. Furthermore, the spokesperson stated that Southern's withdrawal of its load request is not related to recent actions of the Mississippi Public Service Commission related to rate increases and paying off project debt prior to commencement of operations.

Plant Ratcliffe, located in Kemper County, Mississippi, is a 582-MW IGCC (Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle) project. In December 2010, Mississippi Power held the ground breaking ceremony for the project, and the estimated cost of the project was then $2.4 billion, and operations were targeted to commence in 2014. The project cost is now estimated to be over $3.2 billion, and there is a May 2014 deadline to start service to retain certain tax incentives.
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