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AES Receives Approval from California Energy Commissioners to Construct Gas-Fired Power Generation in Southern California

LCG, April 13, 2017--California Energy Commissioners yesterday approved plans to construct and operate a power generation facility, the Huntington Beach Energy Project (HBEP), located in the City of Huntington Beach. The 844-MW, natural-gas fired project will be developed by AES Southland Development, LLC (AES).

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Southern Power's 120-MW Solar Project Commences Operation in Texas

LCG, April 6, 2017--Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power yesterday announced the commercial operation of the 120-MW East Pecos Solar Facility in Pecos County, Texas. Austin Energy will purchase the energy and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA), which it plans to apply to meet Austin City Council goals for renewable energy and carbon reduction.

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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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