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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Industry News

NRC Asked to Extend Licenses for Peach Bottom Nukes

LCG, July 3, 2001Exelon Corp. said yesterday its Exelon Nuclear subsidiary had filed applications with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission asking that the operating licenses of Units 2 and 3 of the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station near Lancaster, Pa. be extended for 20 years.

"A 20-year extension in Peach Bottom's operating license is an investment in 2,200 megawatts of clean, emission-free electricity and helps to ensure an economical and reliable source of power for southeastern Pennsylvania for years to come," said Oliver D. Kingsley, president of Exelon Nuclear.

Exelon said its license renewal team has reviewed more than 100 systems and inspected more than 40,000 items of plant equipment to determine that the two reactors will be able to continue operation without risk to public safety or health. In a nutshell, the company said the plants are better than new because of stringent maintenance requirements and continued improvement in operations.

Last year, the Peach Bottom plant generated the most electricity in its 25-year history, Exelon said.

Exelon pointed out that the license renewal will cost about $18 million for both reactors, or around $8 per kilowatt of capacity. By comparison, building a new natural gas-fueled power plant can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000 per kilowatt of capacity, the company said.

Exelon and Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. each have a 46.25 percent ownership interest in Peach Bottom, with Conectiv Inc. owning the 7.5 percent balance.

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