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Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP Announce 250-MW Solar Project in Colorado

LCG, October 1, 2019--Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP announced Friday that they have reached a long-term agreement to develop a 240-MW solar facility in Colorado. Lightsource BP will finance, build, own and operate the Bighorn Solar project and sell all the electricity it generates to Xcel Energy under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). The project will be built on EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel property in Pueblo, making it the largest on-site solar facility dedicated to a single customer in the country.

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Duke Energy Plans to Pursue Second Nuclear Operating License Renewals for Nuclear Fleet

LCG, September 20, 2019--Duke Energy announced yesterday that it will seek to renew the operating licenses of the 11 reactors it operates at six nuclear stations in the Carolinas for an additional 20 years. The company plans to submit the license renewal application for Oconee Nuclear Station in 2021, followed by its other nuclear stations.

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Los Angeles Moves A Step Closer to Approving Huge Solar with Battery Storage Installation

LCG, September 12, 2019--The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan on September 10 to install a 300-MW/1,200-MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) located at 8minute Solar Energy's (8mSE) Eland Solar and Storage Center.

The BESS will be co-located with a 400-MW solar PV plant that will deliver power via a 5-mile link to LADWP's Barren Ridge Switching Station in the Mojave Desert. The proposed, 25-year agreement now moves to the City Council for final review prior to the Mayor approving the deal. The guaranteed commercial operation date for the project is December 31, 2023.

The LADWP and Glendale Water and Power, received approval from the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) on May 16, 2019. The agreements were formalized as power purchase agreements (PPAs). The LADWP share is for 375 MW of solar capacity and 387.5 MW/1,150 MWh of energy storage; the Glendale Water and Power share is 25 MW of solar capacity and 12.5 MW/50 MWh of energy storage.The project is planned to be built in two phases, Eland 1 and Eland 2. Each phase will include 200 MW of solar PV capacity and 600 MWh of BESS. The first phase is expected to commence operations in 2022, and the second prior to the end of 2023.
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