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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UK Regulator Takes Measures to Avoid Blackouts

LCG, Nov. 22, 2002--Power prices have been dropping in the United Kingdom, leading power suppliers to shut down generating units, to the point where the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ogfem) has assisted in negotiations between the largest power plant and the power transmission system.

The actions taken by Ogfem, covering a five-day period, come on the heels of TXU Europe's filing for bankruptcy this week. Losses by TXU Europe and a frail British Energy have led some to claim that despite appearances of a supply glut of 30% above highest anticipated demand, reliability of the country's power supply may be less than simple numbers would indicate. Ogfem has been saying that power prices are low because there are too many generators.

Wholesale power markets have been deregulated for the past year, but retail prices are not capped as they have been in California. One source quoted by Dow Jones Newswires thought that the measures taken by Ogfem were political. "No one, at this particular time, wanted to see the grid forcing (companies) to stop using electricity because supplies were low," the source said.

Peter Atherton, an analyst with Salomon Smith Barney, said "Yes, there may be less readily available supply than some people would think based on the figures, but the system is still flexible enough to handle any major outages even when reserves appear low."
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