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TVA Board Votes to Retire Over 2,000 MW of Coal-fired Generation

LCG, February 14, 2019--The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board voted today to retire both the Paradise Unit 3 and Bull Run coal-fired power plants within the next few years. The closures will reduce the TVA fleet electric generating capacity by 2,031 MW.

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MHPS to Supply Three J Class Turbines for Power Project in Virginia

LCG, February 8, 2019--Balico, LLC and Gemma Power Systems selected Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPS) and its J Class turbines for the 1,600-MW Chickahominy Power Station project in Virginia. The combined cycle power plant will deliver power into the PJM regional transmission grid and is scheduled for completion in 2022.

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Massachusetts Agency Plan Would Increase Renewables

LCG, Feb. 7, 2002--A plan by the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources would require increases in renewable energy use in the state, for a total net increase of 4 percent by 2009.

The renewable energy supply could be generated outside New England, and would have to be obtained by utilities and energy marketers, who would need to show proof that the energy provided by them was from a renewable resource, such as wind, solar power, or landfill gas. Hydropower would not be considered in the increases, given that environmentalists have objected to possible ecological impacts from hydropower.

If the renewable resources carried higher costs, the impact for the average household would be 15 cents per month, according to the division commissioner David L. O'Connor. O'Connor said that the proposal was mandated in 1998 electric restructuring legislation. An industry group, the Competitive Power Coalition, said that the plan is something its plant-owner members "believe in and support 100 percent." Neal Costello, the group's general counsel, also articulated the group's focus on having operating hydroelectric and incinerators included in renewable energy quotas prior to tracking of increased renewable purchases.

NStar Electric and Massachusetts, the major utilities, were said to be reviewing the plan yesterday, according to the Boston Globe. The state's lawmakers will need to approve the plan, which would go into effect in January 2003 unless significant modifications are sought.
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