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ERCOT 2019 Summer Quarter Outlook

LCG, May 29, 2019-- LCG released a new summer (June – September 2019) report that looks at how the ERCOT grid copes with strained network conditions. Resource adequacy analysis for the region is especially important during extreme summer loading conditions. This summer the network is under particular scrutiny as the reserves have tightened because of recent retirements.

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South Field Energy Breaks Ground for 1,182-MW Power Plant

LCG, May 16, 2019--South Field Energy LLC announced yesterday its groundbreaking for an 1,182-MW, combined-cycle electric generating facility in Columbiana County, Ohio. The natural gas-fired facility is scheduled to commence operations in mid-2021 and represents a $1.3 billion investment.

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JEA Approves Plans for 250 MW of Solar PV Farms

LCG, October 18, 2017--The JEA Board of Directors unanimously approved a major solar-power program Tuesday to will invest in creating five solar photovoltaic (PV) farms to provide a total electric generating capacity of approximately 250 MW. The JEA Board also approved a mandate that 30 percent of its energy come from zero-carbon or carbon-neutral projects by 2030, which replaces a previous target that required the utility to invest more heavily in nuclear power.

JEA executives will spend, with the Board's approval, up to $50 million for five, 50-MW solar farm sites in Jacksonville, Florida. The solar farms are expected be built on JEA-owned land, with the footprint for each site covering about 400-500 acres each. A developer will build solar panels on the site, and JEA will buy the power, at a total cost of roughly $20 million per year for all five farms. The solar farms could be operational as early as 2020.

The JEA Board also approved a new solar policy that changes the rate paid to customers by JEA to JEA's fuel rate, which changes from time to time but will be less than the old rate. The new rate will go into effect April 1, 2018. Existing customers with rooftop-solar panels will be grandfathered in at the old, higher rate.

JEA somewhat offset the reduction in rooftop-solar compensation with a new incentive for rooftop-solar customers that offers customers a 30 percent rebate on the purchase of a battery system that can store a home's excess solar power. The federal government also offers a 30 percent tax credit on home-battery technology, which JEA says generally would save a customer about $3,000. During the day, solar panels would send excess power to a home's battery system instead of JEA's grid. At night, the home electric loads can be supplied by the battery instead of using JEA power.
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