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ERCOT 2019 Summer Quarter Outlook

LCG, May 29, 2019-- LCG released a new summer (June – September 2019) report that looks at how the ERCOT grid copes with strained network conditions. Resource adequacy analysis for the region is especially important during extreme summer loading conditions. This summer the network is under particular scrutiny as the reserves have tightened because of recent retirements.

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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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Cinergy to Spend $700 Million on Smog Control

LCG, Sept. 26, 2000--Cinergy Corp., the Ohio utility that operates some of the coal-fired power plants blamed by states in the Northeast for their air quality problems, said yesterday it plans to spend $700 million on new emissions control equipment.

Principal target of the new equipment will be oxides of nitrogen, the company said. Cinergy believes it can cut NOx emissions, a major cause of smog, by 85 percent to 90 percent.

The plan drew guarded praise from environmentalists. Marilyn Wall, conservation chairwoman of the Sierra Club in Ohio, called the plan "very positive" and said "It sounds like they are stepping up to the plate."

Cinergy said it would install as many as 11 selective catalytic reduction units at some of its power plants to meet new regulatory requirements that begin in 2003. The units, called SCRs, are huge versions of catalytic converters, like those in an automobile exhaust system. They convert NOX to nitrogen, oxygen and water.

Installation has already begun at the East Bend power plant in Rabbit Hash, Ky., Gibson station in Owensville, Ind., and Miami Fort plant in North Bend, Ohio. Future SCR installations are being considered for plants in Cayuga, Ind., and Moscow, Ohio.

Other pollution control equipment is under consideration for plants in New Richmond, Ohio, New Albany, Ind., and West Terre Haute, Ind.

William F. Tyndall, Cinergy's vice president for environmental affairs, said the project will be an "engineering challenge" and one of Cinergy's biggest-ever projects. " We expect to have NOx reduction projects at nearly every coal-fired generating station in the Cinergy system," he added.

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