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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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House May Require DOE Comment on Standard Market Design

LCG, Sep. 9, 2002--The Secretary of Energy, Spencer Abraham, would be required to file a report on the possible effects of implementing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's "standard market design" rules, according to a bill passed by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.

The bill would need to be passed as part of a larger $26 billion energy and water spending bill before both the House and Senate. Among the subject areas the committee is interested in are regional wholesale and retail electricity prices, tarrif oversight by state utility commissions, transmission reliability and infrastucture enhancement.

"Standard market design" is scheduled to apply to all market regions, which would operate under a unified network tariff by Sep. 30, 2003. FERC intends the rules to bring about lower costs and greater access for competing suppliers, while some utility commissions and state governors have objected to loss of ratemaking authority and possible subsidization of infrastructure development by regions not receiving benefits. The report sought by the committee bill would need to be filed 90 days prior to the market rules' finalization.
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