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How to Make the Grid Secure

LCG March 1, 2021--February’s winter weather has brought a new level of uncertainty to the Texas grid, on top of rapid renewables growth and hot summer weather. Not only did the blackouts solidify the need to plan for extreme weather in winter and summer, but they also brought Texas residents, the governor, and the legislature into a public conversation about demand-supply planning.

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Long Ridge Energy Announces Plans to Allow Transition to 100 Percent Hydrogen

LCG, March 4, 2021--Ohio's Long Ridge Energy Generation is retrofitting its 485-MW combined-cycle power plant to use a blend of natural gas and carbon-free hydrogen, making it the nation's first large gas turbine plant to transition operations to hydrogen fuel.

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First Solar Completes 550-MW Solar Project in Southern California

LCG, January 21, 2015-First Solar has completed construction of the 550-MW Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, which is co-owned by NextEra Energy Resources, GE Energy Financial Services, and Sumitomo Corporation of America. The Southern California project reached the commercial operations milestone on December 5, 2014, according to the California ISO. Construction on the project began in September 2011.

The electricity generated by the solar photovoltaic (PV) facility is under power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE). PG&E's share of capacity is 300 MW, with SCE contracting for 250 MW.

The Desert Sunlight Solar Farm is located in Riverside County on land managed by the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
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