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ERCOT 2019 Summer Quarter Outlook

LCG, May 29, 2019-- LCG released a new summer (June – September 2019) report that looks at how the ERCOT grid copes with strained network conditions. Resource adequacy analysis for the region is especially important during extreme summer loading conditions. This summer the network is under particular scrutiny as the reserves have tightened because of recent retirements.

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South Field Energy Breaks Ground for 1,182-MW Power Plant

LCG, May 16, 2019--South Field Energy LLC announced yesterday its groundbreaking for an 1,182-MW, combined-cycle electric generating facility in Columbiana County, Ohio. The natural gas-fired facility is scheduled to commence operations in mid-2021 and represents a $1.3 billion investment.

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Missouri PSC Approves Grain Belt Express HVDC Transmission Project

LCG, March 22, 2019--The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a request filed by Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC for a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to construct, own, operate, control, manage and maintain a high-voltage, direct-current (HVDC) transmission line to move power east from wind farms in western Kansas to load centers in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

The PSC concluded that the Grain Belt Express project would provide short- and long-term benefits to ratepayers and citizens of Missouri. Additional regulatory approval for the multi-state project is necessary prior to construction.

The estimated cost of the Grain Belt Express project is $2.3 billion. The project calls for installing a 4,000-MW, 780-mile overhead transmission line extending from the Iron Star wind farm in southwestern Kansas to parts of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

The project was proposed by Grain Belt Express Clean Line Energy Partners in 2014, and Invenergy announced plans to acquire all the development assets of the Grain Belt Express transmission project, pending appropriate regulatory approvals, in November 2018.
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