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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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Regional Demand Management Considered by FERC

LCG, Feb. 20, 2002--Officials at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may issue rules that give control of demand curtailment programs to regional transmission managers, instead of local utilities.

The commission favors regional management because it could increase reliability, by encouraging demand-related decisions that support regional objectives. Some utilities now have programs that allow customers to obtain lower rates in exchange for cuts in their power usage during times of high demand.

The chairman of the FERC, Pat Wood, last week told a conference on demand management funded by the government that "I'd like to see it done regionally." He hinted that a planning document due in March could include rules on demand-response programs. George Edgar, now a director at Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corp. and formerly at the FERC, said "we need a system where the value of energy efficiency that is occurring in Wisconsin could be used to offset regional transmission needs. In other states, the same thing could happen."

Currently, Wisconsin utilities with demand-response programs coordinate with the American Transmission Co., a company formed in 2000 at the same time that utilities were legally required to divest themselves of transmission assets. The sales were meant to prevent market manipulation by local owners of transmission infrastructure.
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