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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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Grid West to be the Successor to RTO West

LCG, December 23, 2004--The owners of much of the electric transmission system in the Northwest voted to proceed with a set of bylaws for Grid West, a non-profit corporation developed to explore solutions to regional transmission system services. Grid West will be the successor to RTO West, which emerged following the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's issuance of Order 2000 and subsequent efforts to create regional transmission organizations, or RTOs.

The transmission grid may include areas in the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, with provisions to include British Columbia as well. The transmission owners include Avista Corporation, BC Transmission Corporation, Bonneville Power Administration, Idaho Power Company, NorthWestern Energy, PacifiCorp, Portland General Electric Company, Puget Sound Energy, Inc., and Sierra Pacific Power Company.

Regional stakeholders have identified a number of problems for Grid West to address, including: rules that prevent maximum utilization of transmission infrastructure; obstacles to efficient, regional transactions; congestion management by curtailment; inadequate transmission planning and construction; and the lack of an independent market monitor, or IMM. The goal is to develop an independent transmission provider that will be operational in 2007.

There is opposition to Grid West. Snohomish County Public Utility District unsuccessfully filed a lawsuit to stop the vote held earlier this month. Opponents claim that such regional transmission entities are costly and not necessarily effective in improving transmission services and related operations.

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