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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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Lawsuit Filed to Void Long-Term Electricity Contracts

LCG, May 1, 2002-California Senator Tom McClintock of Thousand Oaks (R ) filed a lawsuit this morning in California Superior Court alleging an energy consultant violated the law in writing long-term energy contracts.

McClintock's suit asserts that state energy consultant Vikram Budhraja did not follow government code when he assisted negotiation of last year's electricity contracts.

California government employees are forbidden to write contracts in which there is conflict of interest, such as if a retainer exceeds five percent of a person's total yearly income.

Budhraja has served at several executive posts for Edison International, parent to Southern California Edison utility, and resigned in January of 2000. Reportedly Edison International gave Budhraja a retainer of over $100,000 last year and renewed the retainer for 2002. His own company is under contract to receive - over about a 3 year period starting in 2001 - $6.2 million from California for consulting work.

Southern California Edison's generation division, Edison Mission Energy, now has a ten-year contract with California's Department of Water Resources, but Edison Mission insists that Budhraja was not involved with that contract.

Department of Water Resources spokesman Oscar Hidalgo also asserts that the suit has no merit and is merely a political move on the part of McClintock.

The suit has been filed in the wake of the renegotiation of eight long-term California energy contracts, rewritten because they were deemed unreasonably costly.

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