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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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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.

The pumped-storage, hydroelectric project would provide up to 500 MW of utility-scaled energy storage capacity to complement the growth of solar and wind farms that intermittently generate electricity within the day and over the year, and to improve Southern California's electric grid stability. The associated energy storage capacity of the project would provide five to eight hours of energy storage.

By enabling greater development of intermittent renewable electric generating capacity, the pumped-storage project would support California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and the requirement for investor owned utilities (IOUs) to procure 50 percent of their energy from renewable energy sources by 2030. The project could also lessen upward pressure on water rates by providing a new source of revenue.

The physical project would include an interconnection and pumping system between the existing San Vicente Reservoir and a new, smaller reservoir located uphill. The system would be used during off-peak energy-use periods when electricity prices are low to pump water uphill to the new upper reservoir, where water would be stored. The water would then be released to the lower reservoir by gravity to generate power when energy demand and electricity prices are higher. As planned, power generated at the San Vicente facility could be delivered to the grid via new electric transmission lines parallel to the Sunrise Power Link, and the new lines would connect to an existing Sycamore Substation owned by SDG&E approximately five miles away.

In January, the Water Authority and the City issued a request for Letters of Interest to measure outside interest in participating in the potential San Vicente Energy Storage Facility, and multiple responses were received. The chair of the Water Authority's Board of Directors stated, "We wanted to find out if there really is a broad desire among potential stakeholders to see a project like this in our region, and now we know there is. We're now going to gather more details about how it could come together for the benefit of ratepayers."
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