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Entergy's Palisades Nuclear Power Plant to Close in 2018

LCG, December 9, 2016--Entergy Corporation and Consumers Energy announced yesterday that they have agreed to an early termination of their power purchase agreement (PPA) for the Palisades Power Plant in 2018, when the nuclear facility will now be closed. The result is an estimated cost reduction to Consumers' customers by up to $172 million over four years. The 811-MW nuclear facility is located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan and has been generating carbon-free electricity since December 31, 1971. The current operating license expires in 2031.

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AES Plans to Construct 300-MW Battery Storage System in California

LCG, December 1, 2016--AES Corporation plans to construct a 300-MW battery storage system at its existing Southland Energy, LLC (AES) Alamitos Generating Station within the City of Long Beach, California. The proposed Alamitos Generating Station Battery Energy Storage System would provide local area capacity for electrical system reliability and flexibility. According to AES, the proposed facility would be the largest battery energy storage system (BESS) in the world. Construction is proposed to commence in 2019, with the facility operational in 2020.

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Power Outage Hits Boston Moments After Governor Warns Utilities of Fines for Outages

LCG, Aug. 24, 2001--A scant three hours after Massachusetts Acting Gov. Jane M. Swift had officials of the state's electric utilities on the carpet, warning them that they could be fined for power outages that plagued the Bay State this summer, the lights went out for nearly 6,000 customers in the Boston Area.

Swift had called executives of NStar Corp., Massachusetts Electric Co., Fitchburg Gas & Electric Co. and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. to her office to tell them that the state Department of Telecommunications and Energy will hold hearings later this year on power outages suffered by state electric customers this summer.

The Boston Globe reported that Boston alone has suffered more than 500,000 customer-hours of blackouts since July 12. That's the equivalent of every household in Beantown losing power for two hours.

Earlier this month, about 30,000 Boston customers of NStar lost power on a day when temperatures hit 100 and some didn't get it back for two days. "NStar" is the cloak of anonymity adopted by Boston Edison Co. when it reorganized to take advantage of electric deregulation in Massachusetts. When it was called Boston Edison, you knew where it was and what it did.

But NStar and the other utilities aren't moving targets, and Swift warned them that they would be fined if the Telecommunications and Energy Department hearings show this summer's outages could have been avoided.

During the brief interval between the warning and the next outage, Swift told reporters "If in fact the investigation (the DTE) will perform warrants, the penalties would be imposed based on the failures and the disruption of service that happened this summer."

Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin said he wants to find out whether the utilities are violating part of the 1998 electric deregulation law that requires them to maintain staffing and maintenance at 1997 levels. He said his neighborhood alone has had excessive outages for years.

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