New York PSC Approves Ravenswood Energy Storage Project

LCG, October 18, 2019--The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday approved construction of the largest battery storage facility in New York State history. The 316-MW Ravenswood Energy Storage Project will be built in Long Island City, Queens, New York and scheduled to be partially operational by March 2021.

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Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP Announce 250-MW Solar Project in Colorado

LCG, October 1, 2019--Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP announced Friday that they have reached a long-term agreement to develop a 240-MW solar facility in Colorado. Lightsource BP will finance, build, own and operate the Bighorn Solar project and sell all the electricity it generates to Xcel Energy under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). The project will be built on EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel property in Pueblo, making it the largest on-site solar facility dedicated to a single customer in the country.

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AEP Announces Agreement to Sell Nearly 5,200 MW of Coal and Gas-fired Generation in PJM

LCG, September 19, 2016--American Electric Power (AEP) has signed an agreement to sell four competitive power plants totaling approximately 5,200 MW for approximately $2.17 billion to a newly formed joint venture of Blackstone (BX) and ArcLight Capital Partners LLC (ArcLight). The four fossil-fueled power plants are located in the region served by the PJM Interconnection.

"AEP's long-term strategy has been to become a fully regulated, premium energy company focused on investment in infrastructure and the energy innovations that our customers want and need. This transaction advances that strategy and reduces some of the business risks associated with operating competitive generating assets," said AEP's chairman, president and chief executive officer.

AEP expects the sale to close in the first quarter of next year and to net approximately $1.2 billion in cash after taxes, repayment of debt associated with these assets and transaction fees. AEP announced in January 2015 that it was exploring strategic alternatives for these power plants, including a potential sale.

The agreement includes the following energy generating facilities: Lawrenceburg Generating Station (1,186-MW, natural gas-fired facility located in Lawrenceburg, Indiana); Waterford Energy Center (840-MW, natural gas-fired facility located in Waterford, Ohio); Darby Generating Station (507-MW, natural gas-fired facility located in Mount Sterling, Ohio); and the General James M. Gavin Plant (2,665-MW, coal-fired facility located in Cheshire, Ohio).

AEP's chairman, president and chief executive officer stated, "Blackstone and ArcLight are two of the leading private equity funds focused on energy infrastructure, with significant investments and experience owning and operating power generation in North America and Europe. Combined they have owned and operated more than 38,000 megawatts of power generation globally, including operations in the PJM Interconnection, New York ISO and Electric Reliability Council of Texas competitive markets in the United States."
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