AEP Will Proceed with North Central Wind Projects Despite Texas Commission Denying Approval

LCG, July 8, 2020--American Electric Power (AEP) announced last Thursday that, following the PUC of Texas not approving AEP subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Co.'s (SWEPCO) plan to add 309 MW of wind energy to serve Texas customers, AEP will proceed to acquire the entire planned 1,485 MW of North Central wind projects.

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JEA Board Approves Transaction with FPL to Close 848-MW Coal Unit in Georgia

LCG, June 30, 2020--The JEA Board of Directors in a special meeting last Friday unanimously approved a transaction that will result in closing an 848-MW unit at Plant Scherer and entering into a 20-year purchase power agreement (PPA) with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL).

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Explosion Rips 495 Megawatt New York Power Plant

LCG, May 17, 2001An explosion in a coal fired unit of the 495 megawatt Lovett power plant in Rockland County, N.Y., at 11:45 a.m. yesterday injured one worker and took the entire generating facility off line, officials said.

The blast also caused Rockland County Health Department a few tense hours as the agency fretted over the possible release of asbestos. About 300 schoolchildren who live in the area were not allowed to return home after school until tests showed they wouldn't breathe the suspected carcinogen en route.

A spokesman for the plant's owner, Mirant Corp., said the cause of the explosion was under investigation. The 200 megawatt unit 5, in which the blast occurred, was not running at the time, but other units were producing about 140 megawatts. All were units were shut down as a precaution.

"We don't know yet when any of the units will be able to restart," a company spokesman said. But Lou Friscoe, Mirant's director of environmental and external affairs, said the damage was isolated to the Unit 5 boiler and other units would be able to make up for the loss.

Rob Doherty, a Mirant worker, was near the unit when it exploded. "We were standing on the roof across from it and it just shook," Mr. Doherty said. "It was terrifying. Fly ash went up the side of the mountain."

The injured worker, who suffered second-degree burns on his face and arms, was in stable condition at Westchester Medical Center.

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