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Xcel Energy Expands Plans to Add Wind Farm Capacity to 3,380 MW

LCG, March 23, 2017--Xcel Energy yesterday announced plans to make the largest multi-state investment in wind capacity in the country. The proposed plan is expected to increase the amount of wind energy in the Xcel's energy mix by 2021, with wind fueling nearly 35 percent of its total energy mix.

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First Solar Starts Operations of the 250-MW Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project

LCG, March 22, 2017--First Solar, Inc. Friday held the commissioning ceremony for the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, located approximately 30 miles north of Las Vegas on the Moapa River Indian Reservation. The power generated by the 250-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project will be purchased under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power(LADWP).

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ERCOT Wind Expansion: Impact on Energy and Ancillary Service Markets


LCG, October 05, 2016--LCG Consulting has released its latest report Market Effects of Wind Penetration in ERCOT: How Wind Will Change the Future of Energy and Ancillary Service Prices. In this study, LCG investigates the system-wide impacts on the ERCOT market of three levels of wind capacity expansion in the year 2021, with particular emphasis on energy and ancillary service prices.

The nodal market simulations for this study were performed at the five-minute dispatch level using LCG’s UPLAN Network Power Model (NPM) and PLATO-ERCOT data model to capture the intermittent nature of renewable energy. UPLAN is a fully integrated model; that is the dispatch, transmission load flow, contingencies, curtailments, and ancillary services deployment are all resolved simultaneously.

The unprecedented growth of wind power in recent years has had a profound impact on the ERCOT market. With growth expected to continue, LCG’s report offers market participants a view of what can be expected as wind capacity continues to expand. Read Executive Summary of the report.

To request the full report please contact julie.chien@energyonline.com




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