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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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Exelon to Shut Down Three Mile Island by September 30, 2019

LCG, May 10, 2019--Exelon Generation announced Wednesday that Three Mile Island Generating Station Unit 1 (TMI) will shut down by September 30, 2019. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had approved back in 2009 a 20-year extension for the nuclear energy facility through 2034.

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FERC Approves Pumped Storage Project in Oregon

LCG, May 2, 2019--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted approval and a license Tuesday to construct, operate and maintain the 400-MW Swan Lake Energy Storage Project, located near Klamath Falls, Oregon. The $800 million energy storage project is a joint project between Rye Development and National Grid, which are also in the earlier stages on an even larger, 1,200-MW project on the Washington side of the Columbia River east of Portland.

The proposed Swan Lake Energy Storage Project will provide utility-scaled energy storage capacity to complement the growth of wind farms that intermittently generate electricity within the day throughout the year. The project will pump water from the lower reservoir to the upper reservoir at times when power prices are relatively low. When power prices are high and energy is needed, water will be released from the upper reservoir through the power tunnel to the powerhouse to generate electricity. This will occur based on hourly power prices, the need to augment the production of local renewable wind power generation, or to provide ancillary power services.

The elevation difference between the two, 60-plus-acre reservoirs is over 1,600 feet, which would support an electric generating capacity of approximately 400 MW, together with a duration of up to nine hours.

The project would transmit electricity from the powerhouse via a new, 32.8-mile-long, 230-kV above ground transmission line that would connect to the grid at the Malin Substation.

The project developers are pursuing customers for the energy storage facility, which should be aligned with the needs of utilities in the Northwest that seek rapid growth in renewable resources and reducing or eliminating generation resources that emit carbon dioxide.
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