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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Outlook Questionable for LG&E's Participation in the Midwest ISO

LCG, December 29, 2004--Earlier this month LG&E Energy LLC notified the Midwest ISO (MISO) that its Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities subsidiaries plan to withdraw from the regional transmission organization (RTO). LG&E Energy conducted a cost-benefit analysis and estimates that its utilities would save over $65 million over the next five years by leaving the MISO, even after incorporating an exit fee of $23.8 million.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) began an investigation earlier this year into the utilities joining the MISO, and a hearing is scheduled to begin after February 1, 2005. The costs to LG&E utilities for participating in the MISO, estimated to be $7 million for retail customers, can not be added to utility bills prior to PSC approval.

Estimating the costs and benefits related to establishing and operating regional transmission organizations is an on-going concern. In neighboring Virginia, state legislation required utilities, such as Virginia Power, to join an RTO, thus making cost-benefit analyses somewhat a moot issue. To support the development of RTOs, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a study in October designed to estimate the cost of developing a "Day One RTO" that meets the minimum requirements of the FERC's Order 2000. Given the unique nature of each of the limited number of existing RTOs, the FERC's review of actual cost data showed considerable cost differences between RTOs.

The MISO has been conducting training and testing for its new market structure, which includes locational marginal pricing (LMP), and the market is planned to open on March 1, 2005.

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