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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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Hydro Plant from 1800's Likely to Operate Again

LCG, Apr. 11, 2003--A small but distinguished hydro plant on New York's Hudson River could begin producing power again, with the approval of regulators.

The Mechanicville plant began operating first in 1898, and was shut down in 1997 due to a protracted legal conflict between co-owners Niagara Mohawk and Fourth Branch Associates, over whether to retain or sell the facility. Recently, Niagara Mohawk has offered to release its interest, and Fourth Branch hopes to produce power by Labor Day. Niagara has wanted to exit the generation business, while a principal of Fourth Branch, James Besha, had reason to believe that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would take actions that would lead to the dismantling of Mechanicville.

"This will be its third century in which it will operate," said Besha of the 4.5-megawatt plant. A noteworthy engineer with General Electric, Charles Steinmetz, assisted in the plant's design in the nineteenth century. Mechanicville is found on the National Register of Historic Places. The legal settlement provides for a joint effort to obtain a license for further operations. Should the license be granted, the transfer would then take place.
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