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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Industry News

Ontario Competition Could Be Slowed by Credit Fears

LCG, Feb. 27, 2002--Although a competitive power market is due to begin in Ontario on May 1, acquisitions of Ontario Power Generation's power-producing assets have been slow enough that the spin-off of utility Ontario Hydro still owns 80 percent of the province's generating assets.

Ontario Power's management attributes the slow pace of divestiture to banks' Enron-inspired fear of utility credit problems. Ron Robinson, vice-president of portfolio management at OPG said, "they don't have the money to come in and invest. Not only are they withdrawing their interest, they're going home to take care of their balance sheets."

The provincial transition plan for full competition requires that within ten years, no more than 35 percent of Ontario electric output should come from OPG. The single major competition-related development in the province to date has involved Bruce Power, a partnership of British Energy Plc and Cameco Corp., a Canadian uranium supplier. Bruce Power's nuclear assets, which it is leasing from OPG until 2018, produce 17 percent of the province's electric power needs.

Some heavy industrial users have voiced concern that unless divestiture accelerates, power prices could increase. Lauri Gregg, of Falconbridge Ltd., the third-largest nickel producer in the world, said, "the faster we get competition the faster we get efficiency in the market." Gregg mentioned that Falconbridge had urged a five-year timetable instead.
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