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South Field Energy Breaks Ground for 1,182-MW Power Plant

LCG, May 16, 2019--South Field Energy LLC announced yesterday its groundbreaking for an 1,182-MW, combined-cycle electric generating facility in Columbiana County, Ohio. The natural gas-fired facility is scheduled to commence operations in mid-2021 and represents a $1.3 billion investment.

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Exelon to Shut Down Three Mile Island by September 30, 2019

LCG, May 10, 2019--Exelon Generation announced Wednesday that Three Mile Island Generating Station Unit 1 (TMI) will shut down by September 30, 2019. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had approved back in 2009 a 20-year extension for the nuclear energy facility through 2034.

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Australia Will Not Ratify Kyoto Because of Coal

LCG, June 5, 2002--Australia, as the world's largest producer of coal, will not ratify the Kyoto protocol because it says it needs to protect its coal industry.

Japan ratified the Kyoto Protocol on Tuesday, and although Australia signed the treaty in February, the country refused to ratify it today.

About 50 countries support the 1997 treaty, which is an attempt to limit emissions which increasingly compelling evidence suggests are responsible for global climate change. Industrialized nations would have to limit emissions by an average of five percent by 2012 from those of 1990.

Australia was given the right to increase its emissions by 8 percent under Kyoto but still faces a lot of pressure from the mining and other coal-related industries and worries that it will hurt employment and its economy by signing the treaty.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard also asserted that Kyoto would not work so long as developing nations and the United States, the world's biggest polluter, were not included in the treaty.

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