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Xcel Energy Expands Plans to Add Wind Farm Capacity to 3,380 MW

LCG, March 23, 2017--Xcel Energy yesterday announced plans to make the largest multi-state investment in wind capacity in the country. The proposed plan is expected to increase the amount of wind energy in the Xcel's energy mix by 2021, with wind fueling nearly 35 percent of its total energy mix.

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First Solar Starts Operations of the 250-MW Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project

LCG, March 22, 2017--First Solar, Inc. Friday held the commissioning ceremony for the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, located approximately 30 miles north of Las Vegas on the Moapa River Indian Reservation. The power generated by the 250-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project will be purchased under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power(LADWP).

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Widespread East Coast Power Failure Affects Flights, Subways

LCG, August 14, 2003This afternoon blackouts hit residents of New York, northern New Jersey, Michigan, parts of Long Island and Connecticut, and even Ottawa and Ontario.

According to the New York Times, upstate New York authorities told New York City officials the blackouts had to do with overload on the Niagara Mohawk Power Grid.

In addition fire at a New York City power station at 4:00 Eastern time may have contributed to the blackouts. Several authorities have pointed to Canada as the source of the blackout. Most authorities have asserted that the cause is still unknown.

Reuters has also reported that a nuclear plant in New Jersey is not operating, which may have contributed to an overloaded system. Indian Points two nuclear reactors, as well as Ohios Perry and Fermi nuclear generators have been shut down because of loss of off-site power.

Several airports are experiencing outages, including all three of New York Citys. Ground stops have been ordered for Cleveland, Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark, N.J. airports, preventing planes from leaving those airports until further notice.

Subways in several cities are down, and combined with traffic signal failures, wreaked havoc in rush hour streets.

No evidence of terrorism has as yet been linked to the power failure, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the FBI.

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