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AES Breaks Ground on Alamitos Energy Center in California

LCG, July 25, 2017--AES Alamitos, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (AES), broke ground Friday on the new Alamitos Energy Center (AEC), located in Long Beach, California. The facilities include a nominal 640-MW, natural gas-fired, combined cycle power block; four, natural gas-fired,100-MW, simple cycle units; plus a 100-MW battery energy storage system. The new facilities will be installed on approximately 21 acres of the existing 71-acre site, where the existing gas-fired, 1950s-era Alamitos Generating Station Units 1-6 currently provide a net generating capacity of 1,950 MW.

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San Diego County Water Authority Seeks Proposals for 500-MW Pumped Storage Project

LCG, July 21, 2017--The San Diego County Water Authority Tuesday issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a potential joint energy storage project with the City of San Diego that would expand use of existing hydroelectric infrastructure at San Vicente Reservoir. The project could potentially dampen water rate increases and provide greater opportunities for renewable energy development in the area.

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Congestion in the Texas Panhandle: LCG Consulting investigates ERCOT’s rapid wind development and Lubbock Power & Light joining the ERCOT grid


LCG, May 10, 2016-- LCG Consulting has released a new study of wind energy development in the Panhandle Renewable Energy Zone, or PREZ, of Texas, where ERCOT has proposed significant changes in the infrastructure to enable sustained wind development and ensure stability of the grid.

The Panhandle region of ERCOT has seen unprecedented growth in wind generation, a trend which is expected to continue in coming years. At the same time, Lubbock Power & Light is planning to leave the Southwest Power Pool, SPP, and join ERCOT in 2019. ERCOT has implemented a Panhandle Export Stability Interface limit in response to increasing regional wind capacity that may cause voltage instability.

LCG’s study, ERCOT Panhandle Renewable Energy Zone and LP&L Integration, looks at how these changes affect power flow and locational marginal prices under various scenarios. It outlines infrastructure challenges, current developments in wind curtailment due to Panhandle congestion, and it provides an outlook for wind generation in the region. Analysis was conducted using the UPLAN Network Power Model which replicates ERCOT ISO protocols and market procedures. Read Executive Summary of the Report.

LCG Consulting has been modeling the electricity grid for more than 30 years and has conducted energy studies in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, as well across the United States and Canada.
Contact julie.chien@energyonline.com

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