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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ISO Says California Has Enough Capacity for the Summer

LCG, April 22, 2003Californias Independent System Operator said that the state will likely have enough electricity capacity for the peak usage that will come this summer.

Yesterday, the ISO, a not-for-profit entity responsible for reliability in electricity transmission, released a report regarding this summer. In its view, California has sufficient surplus electric capacity to meet peak demand, which in the West comes during the hottest points in the year.

The ISO did note that major plant outages or damaged transmission would alter the otherwise positive forecast.

Summer peak demand is expected to be 42,894 MW, around 450 megawatts higher than during last year but still less than the all-time highest demand of 43,554 megawats, which occurred in the midst of an economic boom in July 1999.

Some analysts worry that the surplus electricity will be insufficient to meet demand in the next few years because new generation projects have been slowed, suspended, or even cancelled due to poor market conditions. Also, older plants, especially coal-fired generators, may slowly go off line as they deteriorate or fail to meet new environmental restrictions.

However, others may point to the fact that lower demand may be in part due to fewer customers because of the slowed economic conditions. Better economic conditions in the future may result in higher demand but may also catalyze new interest in plant development and the resumption of preexisting projects.

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