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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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TVA Considering Options for Unfinished Nuke

LCG, July 5, 2001Tennessee Valley Authority's unfinished Bellefonte nuclear power plant in Hollywood, Ala., the nation's most recently abandoned atomic power project, may produce electricity yet.

TVA, a taxpayer-owned utility managed by political appointees, has sunk more than $6 billion into Bellefonte, which has been mothballed since 1988 when the agency halted construction after 14 years of effort. It is the only unfinished twin-reactor plant in the United States that has not been scrapped by its owner.

Earlier this week, Jack Bailey, vice president of engineering and technical services, was selected to lead a special project considering options for Bellefonte.

"Bellefonte has the potential to be a valuable, productive asset to the corporation," TVA Directors Skila Harris and Glen McCullough said in a joint statement. "Jack's experience makes him uniquely qualified to evaluate and review all options from all perspectives."

TVA is still considering finishing the plant, and will be looking at options that would not jeopardize that possibility. Agency officials believe a large coal-fired plant could be built on the site, a prospect that could make environmentalists nervous.

Last year, Dr. Stephen Smith, director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, pointedout that coal-burning plants in Tennessee contributed 352,000 tons of smog-forming nitrogen oxide, 775,000 tons of acid rain causing sulphur dioxide, 4,109 lbs. of mercury, and 103,633, 836 tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the air.

A lot of the nitrogen oxide came from TVA's Chattanooga coal-burner, which is the worst industrial facility in the United States for spewing NOx. In 1996, the plant emitted 105,120 tons of the stuff.

TVA also leads the nation when it comes to putting sulphur dioxide into the air. Its Cumberland Steam Plant emitted 346,171 tons of SO2 in 1996.

TVA is also considering the Bellefonte site for a coal gasification project it would jointly develop with Texaco. That project would provide enough fuel for about 1,500 megawatts of gas-fired electric generation.

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