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Winter Storm Event Decimates Texas Power Supply

******** February 19, 2021 update--The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) expects to come out of emergency conditions later this morning, the wholesale electricity prices is back to pre emergency level. ******** LCG, February 18, 2021-–Extreme winter weather swept across the central and southern states over the week beginning Feb 8, bringing record low temperatures and heavy snow. The temperatures shocked the Texas grid, pushing it to operational limits that ERCOT and generators did not expect and spiking wholesale electricity prices. A combination of higher-than-expected demand and plant and natural gas failures gutted the available power supply.

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NorthRenew Energy's Mesquite Sky Wind Project Commences Construction

LCG, January 21, 2021-–NorthRenew Energy (“NorthRenew”) announced today that Clearway Energy Group (“Clearway”) achieved construction commencement on the Mesquite Sky Wind Project, f/k/a Baird North Wind Project (“Mesquite Sky”), initially developed by NorthRenew and sold to Clearway in 2019. Following the sale in 2019, NorthRenew continued to assist Clearway with final development and pre-construction services.

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ERCOT 2018 Summer Quarter Outlook


LCG, July 16, 2018-- LCG released a new third quarter (July – August 2018) report that looks at how the ERCOT grid can cope 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.

This report examines a Base Case, a High Generation Outage Case, a Low Wind Case and a High Load Case. It discusses which strained conditions might shift in the outlook for energy prices, Operating Reserve Demand Curve (ORDC), Peaker Net Margin (PNM), and congestion.

LCG performed this study using hourly 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 summer 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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