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TVA Requests Issuance of License for Watts Bar Unit 2

LCG, August 20, 2015-The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) submitted documentation to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) notifying them that construction of the Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor, located approximately 50 miles northeast of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is substantially complete.

PNM Files Modified Agreement for San Juan Coal Plant

LCG, August 19, 2015-PNM Resources' New Mexico utility, Public Service Co. of New Mexico (PNM), filed on August 13 with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) a settlement agreement (Agreement) regarding the plan to retire two coal-fired units at San Juan Generating Station (SJGS). The Agreement modifies the original Stipulation filed in October 2014 and requires approval by the NMPRC.

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Agriculture Group Backs PG&E Hydro Plan; Independent Power Producers Don’t Like It

LCG, Aug. 11, 2000--Lobbyists began choosing sides yesterday as the California Public Utilities Commission began studying a proposal by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to transfer its hydroelectric facilities in the state to a newly created unit of its parent holding company PG&E Corp.

The proposal, reported here yesterday, had the backing of The Utility Reform Network (TURN), theCoalition of California Utility Employees (CUE), Agricultural Energy Consumers Association(AECA), California Retailers Association, Sonoma County Water Agency, and Tuolumne UtilityDistrict.

Director Michael Boccadoro of the AECA called the settlement agreement "an historic opportunity to guarantee that these resources are operated in a reliable, environmentally sound manner and toprovide electric customers with significant economic benefits."

But the owners of independent power plants are against the proposal. Jan Smutny-Jones, executive director of the Independent Energy Producers Association, said "The best way to protect the environment and ratepayers, and to foster a truly competitive electric market is through an open, conditioned auction of these generating assets."

When PG&E first proposed transferring ownership of the hydro facilities to an affiliate, the plan was dismissed as self-serving and concerns over market power were raise. So, the utility proposed that it auction its plants, just like it did with its fossil-fueled power plants. That raised concerns by environmentalists and others who wondered what would happen to Californias rivers when competing generation companies ran the hydro turbines full time.

This time around, PG&E says its proposal should satisfy both environmentalists and free-market competitors.

As the sainted Noah Webster said in his 1802 American Spelling Book, "It makes a difference whose ox is gored."




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