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SRP Expands Plans for New Solar Energy to 1,000 MW by 2025

LCG, November 20, 2018--Salt River Project (SRP) recently announced plans to add 1,000 MW of new utility-scale solar energy to its system by the end of fiscal year 2025. The new plan will accelerate the pace and increase the total capacity of SRP's solar energy resource plans by 700 MW relative to the current resource plans during the same timeframe. The new plan is driven by decreasing costs for solar power and customer's growing interest in solar energy.

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New York Issues Offshore Wind Solicitation

LCG, November 9, 2018--The Governor of New York yesterday announced a solicitation for 800 MW or more of new offshore wind projects to supply renewable energy to New York to combat climate change. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) issued the Request for Proposals (RFP), which is the first key step in New York's plan to install 2,400 MW of offshore wind projects by 2030.

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Luminant to Acquire Two Combined Cycle Power Plants in Texas from NextEra

LCG, November 30, 2015-Luminant and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, announced Wednesday an agreement for Luminant to acquire two natural gas-fired power plants in Texas from NextEra. Luminant will purchase the Forney Energy Center and the Lamar Energy Center, both located in northeast Texas. The total generating capacity of the combined cycle facilities is 2,988 MW. The acquisition is expected to close next spring.

Luminant stated that the acquisition of these combined-cycle gas turbine power plants builds on an already diverse energy portfolio that includes coal, natural gas and nuclear power, as well as significant purchases of wind-generated electricity and a recently announced solar power purchase agreement. Luminant's Chief Executive Officer said, "These plants are strategic investments that enhance our asset portfolio while building on our existing operations in ERCOT."

NextEra Energy Resources' President and CEO stated, "This transaction enables us to further optimize our power generation assets and is consistent with our strategy of reducing our merchant exposure while recycling capital into our growing long-term contracted asset portfolio."

The Forney Energy Center is located in Forney, Texas and has an electric generating capacity of 1,912 MW. The facility includes two power generating blocks, each with three gas turbines and one steam turbine. The plant began commercial operations in 2003. The Lamar Energy Center is located in Paris, Texas and has a capacity of 1,076 MW, with a commercial operation date of 2000. The facility includes two power generating blocks, each with two gas turbines and one steam turbine. A NextEra Energy Resources' affiliate will continue to operate both facilities included for an initial period of up to one year.

According to the announcement, the agreement terms include a $1.313 billion purchase price, plus approximately $239 million for cash and approximately $37 million for net working capital, subject to customary adjustments based on the amounts of cash and net working capital at closing.
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