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Big First Quarter Gains in New Wind Turbine Capacity in U.S.

LCG, May 4, 2017--The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released on Tuesday its new U.S. Wind Industry First Quarter 2017 Market Report. AWEA's evaluation concludes that a total of 908 utility-scale turbines were installed in the first quarter of 2017, adding 2,000 MW of electric generating capacity. According to AWEA, the installations represent the wind industry's strongest start in eight years. AWEA's CEO stated, "We switched on more megawatts in the first quarter than in the first three quarters of last year combined."

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

LCG, May 3, 2017--The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors on April 27 authorized the Water Authority, together with the City of San Diego, to pursue proposals to build an energy storage facility that utilizes the existing San Vicente Reservoir. The Water Authority expects to advertise the Request for Proposals (RFPs) by this summer and to evaluate received proposals by the end of this year.

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ERCOT 2017 Spring Quarter Outlook


LCG, March 27, 2017--Earlier this year LCG Consulting published a first quarter (Jan – March 2017) study looking at how the ERCOT grid can cope with strained network conditions. LCG just released a new report that extends the analysis to the 2017 spring season (March through May). Weather is a key factor in considering resource adequacy for the region, and spring is a season that sees significant maintenance work before more extreme summer loading conditions.

This report examines a Base Case, A high Generation Outage Case, and a High Generation Outage/High Load Case. It discusses how prices vary between zones, and what kind of congestion and curtailment stakeholders can expect and where it can be expected.

LCG performed this study using 5-minute dispatch and its proprietary UPLAN Network Power Model. LCG has been modeling energy systems for more than 30 years and continuously sustains the most up-to-date information on every detail of the Texas grid, from minor and major transmission upgrades to gas prices and weather patterns.

If you are interested in receiving the full spring quarter outlook, please contact us at julie.chien@energyonline.com. For more in depth analysis, LCG can provide tailored datasets, such as individualized generator performance, hourly prices, and much more.

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