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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San Francisco Offered Peaking Turbines

LCG, DEc. 16, 2002--As part of a settlement between California and Williams Energy Cos. on multi-billion-dollar energy contracts, San Francisco has the option to finance construction of four gas turbines, which would be provided at no cost by the energy company.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote today on whether to accept the turbines, which would be delivered along with $12 million out of $147 million being paid by Williams Energy to California as part of the settlement. If the turbines operate within the city, the Department of Water Resources would purchase their output under a 10-year contract, after which the city would be able to operate the plants as it needs.

The capacity of the units, which are peaking turbines, is a total of 200 megawatts, compared to the 163-megawatt Hunters Point plant owned by PG&E. Mayor Willie Brown, environmentalists and residents within the Hunters Point district have called for Hunters Point being shut down, due to its being a source of pollution. The city receives much of its electric power from plants not on the peninsula, with transmission lines delivering power through San Mateo County. Roughly 30 percent of San Francisco's usage depends on Hunters Point and the Potrero Hill plant, owned by Mirant.

A federal deadline of Jan. 1, 2005 for new clean air standards to take effect may necessitate a retrofit of Hunters Point, if it is not shut down at that time. The turbines being proposed would reportedly produce 16 times less ozone-creating pollution than Hunters Point.
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