California PUC Targets Doubling Renewable Energy by 2030

LCG, March 27, 2020--The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) yesterday unanimously approved a new emissions target for its electric sector that would double California's clean energy capacity through 2030 and effectively block new natural gas-fired electric generating facilities.

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Tennessee Valley Authority Issues RFP for 200 MW of Renewables

LCG, March 19, 2020--The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) issued a request for proposals (RFP) on March 13 to develop up to 200 MW of stand-alone renewable energy resources or renewable energy resources configured with battery energy storage systems (BESS). Solar resources must be tracking, and the projects must be commercially operational and providing power by September 29, 2023 or earlier.

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Industry News

KCP&L Unit Plans Missouri Plant of up to 900 Megawatts

LCG, July 12, 2001Great Plains Power inc., a subsidiary of Kansas City Power & Light Co., said yesterday it plans to build a new coal-fired power plant near Weston, Mo., a few miles up the Missouri River from Kansas City.

Output of the new facility will be between 500 and 900 megawatts, the company said.

Steve Easley, Great Plains' chief executive, said "We are focused on designing, permitting and constructing a facility that is environmentally sound, cost effective, highly reliable and an appropriate investment for our shareholders."

Great Plains said it has selected Burns & McDonnell, a 104-year-old Kansas City-based engineering, architectural, construction and environmental services firm, to assist in the development and design of Weston Bend I.

"With the addition of Burns & McDonnell to the alliance with Babcock & Wilcox, Great Plains Power has reunited the same team that rebuilt Hawthorn No. 5, a 550-megawatts, coal-fired plant constructed in 22 months rather than the industry norm of 36 months," the company said in a statement.

Early in the morning on Feb. 17, 1999, Unit 5 of KCP&L's Hawthorn plant exploded. The blast awoke people 20 miles distant, shot flames 200 feet into the black sky and knocked nearby workers to the ground. There were no injuries.

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