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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Cielo's Texas Wind Project Moves Forward

LCG, December 9, 2004--Cielo Wind Power of Austin is negotiating tax benefits with Oldham County officials for a 160-MW wind project planned west of Amarillo, Texas. Excel Energy will purchase the power from the wind farm, which is scheduled to commence operations late next year. Local officials are considering favorable tax arrangements in order to increase the tax base and hope to reach an agreement with Cielo by the end of the year.

According to a spokesperson for Xcel Energy, the transmission capacity in the area is an issue and is approaching limitations. Once the 160-MW wind farm is completed, additional generation cannot be added until a new, 345-kV transmission line is installed. The new transmission line is estimated to cost approximately $50 million and could require roughly three years to complete.

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