Virginia Governor Signs Executive Order to Drive Renewable Energy Installations

LCG, September 18, 2019--The Governor of Virginia signed an Executive Order 43 yesterday setting statewide goals for clean energy deployment and expands upon the Commonwealth's commitments to reduce the environmental impact, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and boost the clean energy economy in Virginia.

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Los Angeles Moves A Step Closer to Approving Huge Solar with Battery Storage Installation

LCG, September 12, 2019--The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan on September 10 to install a 300-MW/1,200-MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) located at 8minute Solar Energy's (8mSE) Eland Solar and Storage Center.

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Industry News

AEP May Step Up Cook Unit 2 Restart

LCG, Sept. 28, 2000--Officials at American Electric Power's Cook nuclear power plant in Michigan told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission yesterday that the 1,020 megawatt Cook Unit 1 remains on schedule for restart in the first quarter of 2001, though things are going well enough that the date may be moved forward.

Both units at the plant were shut down for safety reasons in September 1997. The 1,090 megawatt Cook Unit 2 was returned to service last June and has been operating smoothly, according to AEP. "The good performance of Unit 2 during this first 100-day period can be attributed to our focus on safety and quality during the rigorous restart effort," said Bob Powers, senior vice president for nuclear operations.

Powers said the restart of Unit 1 could be moved forward from its present schedule and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been alerted to that possibility. "Many variables may yet affect the restart schedule," he said, "But we believe it is prudent to ensure that everyone is prepared in the event an early restart is feasible. In any event, our focus will continue to be safety and quality."

AEP met with NRC officials well into yesterday evening to discuss the restart schedule and the agency's new reactor oversight process.

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