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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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Aging Oil-Fired Plants to Fill in For Japanese Nuclear Plants

LCG, Oct. 25, 2002--Following an extended shutdown of four Japanese nuclear reactors for safety inspections, the utility Chubu Electric Power Co. has announced it will keep oil-fired plants in operation as long as needed to make up for the reduced capacity.

Two plants at the Nishi Nagoya station were scheduled to be mothballed late this month, but instead, No. 5 and No. 6, each at 500 megawatts, will be kept in service for the foreseeable future. Three nuclear reactors are down for maintenance checks and another was shut down when it was discovered in September that water pipes had cracked. Top officials at another Japanese utility, Tepco, were forced to resign following disclosures of false reporting of maintenance tests.

The oil-fired plants are normally used for peaking capacity, not base load. Chubu said in a statement, "Under such circumstances, we decided on the postponement...to ensure stable power supply in the future."
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