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SRP Expands Plans for New Solar Energy to 1,000 MW by 2025

LCG, November 20, 2018--Salt River Project (SRP) recently announced plans to add 1,000 MW of new utility-scale solar energy to its system by the end of fiscal year 2025. The new plan will accelerate the pace and increase the total capacity of SRP's solar energy resource plans by 700 MW relative to the current resource plans during the same timeframe. The new plan is driven by decreasing costs for solar power and customer's growing interest in solar energy.

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New York Issues Offshore Wind Solicitation

LCG, November 9, 2018--The Governor of New York yesterday announced a solicitation for 800 MW or more of new offshore wind projects to supply renewable energy to New York to combat climate change. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) issued the Request for Proposals (RFP), which is the first key step in New York's plan to install 2,400 MW of offshore wind projects by 2030.

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Future of Natural Gas-fired Generation in the Electric Sector


LCG, July 24, 2018 -- A bright future for natural gas-fired generation in the electric sector is encountering complications from competing generation. The U.S. is in an extended period of natural gas oversupply, enabled by technologies of “fracking”. Yet a turn to natural gas in the power sector is facing disruptive penetration from wind and solar. An article prepared June 30, 2018 for a committee within the American Association of Petroleum Geologists addresses principal developments in energy over the past 18 months. Changes in electric generation in Texas and California have been particularly dramatic, reflecting shifts in coal, natural gas and wind generation in Texas and natural gas, hydroelectric and solar generation in California. LCG Consulting’s May 2018 report for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on variable renewable energy was used to illustrate changes that could occur in the future and the dilemma they pose for natural gas.

Article reference: "Energy Economics and Technology Report -- Battles of Titans: Permian vs Northeast, Coal vs Natural Gas vs Renewables", by Jeremy Platt, John Dean and Stephen L. Thumb, June 30, 2018.

Additional topics addressed in the article are the scale of surging US oil and natural gas production, where the Permian Basin has become a major focus; the scale of wind, solar and battery technology improvements; price uplift occurring in international coal markets; and a scenario of higher priced oil. Uncertain and unresolved policy and geopolitical risks are also addressed, in particular trade wars and measures to support uneconomic coal and nuclear plants.

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