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Equinix to Install Bloom Energy Fuel Cells at 12 North American Data Centers

LCG, August 18, 2017--Equinix, Inc., Wednesday announced the signing of a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between a subsidiary of Southern Company, PowerSecure, and Equinix in which Bloom Energy fuel cells will be installed at 12 International Business ExchangeTM (IBX®) data centers in the U.S. The project is financed through Southern Company and demonstrates a strategic partnership between Bloom Energy and Southern Company to support on-site fuel cell solutions.

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Oklahoma's Attorney General May Hinder Development of 2,000-MW Wind Catcher Project

LCG, August 17, 2017--The Attorney General of Oklahoma's public utility division filed a motion last Friday calling for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to dismiss a preapproval case for Public Service Company of Oklahoma?s Wind Catcher project, a planned 2,000-MW wind farm than includes construction of an approximately 350-mile, dedicated, extra-high voltage electric transmission line to deliver the renewable energy to customers.

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Owners Plan to Keep Navajo Generating Station Open through 2019

LCG, February 16, 2017--The utility owners of Navajo Generating Station (NGS) voted yesterday to extend operations of the coal-fired power plant to the December 2019 end of its lease if an agreement can be reached with the Navajo Nation. The four utility owners of NGS include: Salt River Project (SRP), Arizona Public Service Co., NV Energy and Tucson Electric Power. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is the fifth owner.

Rather than closing the plant in 2017, the over two-year extension of the agreement would preserve continued employment at the plant and additional revenues for the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe. It would also provide the Nation or others with the potential to operate the plant beyond 2019 should they so choose - although the current non-governmental group does not intend to be participants at that time.

The 2,250-MW electric generating station is located on the Navajo Indian Reservation near Page, Arizona, approximately 20 miles from the Grand Canyon. The station includes three, 750-MW units.

The utility owners of NGS see low natural gas prices that favor gas-fired generation over coal-fired generation like NGS. An SRP representative stated, "The utility owners do not make this decision lightly. NGS and its employees are one reason why this region, the state of Arizona and the Phoenix metropolitan area have been able to grow and thrive. However, SRP has an obligation to provide low-cost service to our more than 1 million customers and the higher cost of operating NGS would be borne by our customers."

The SRP representative stated that the owners' focus now is to secure an agreement with the Navajo Nation that would allow the plant to continue to operate through the end of its lease on December 22, 2019 and allow removal and restoration activities, which could take up to two years. SRP's announcement stated that these discussions are critical because without an agreement between the owners and the Navajo Nation, the plant would be required to cease operations this year.
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