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TVA Board Votes to Retire Over 2,000 MW of Coal-fired Generation

LCG, February 14, 2019--The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board voted today to retire both the Paradise Unit 3 and Bull Run coal-fired power plants within the next few years. The closures will reduce the TVA fleet electric generating capacity by 2,031 MW.

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MHPS to Supply Three J Class Turbines for Power Project in Virginia

LCG, February 8, 2019--Balico, LLC and Gemma Power Systems selected Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPS) and its J Class turbines for the 1,600-MW Chickahominy Power Station project in Virginia. The combined cycle power plant will deliver power into the PJM regional transmission grid and is scheduled for completion in 2022.

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Ratepayers to Pay for Stranded Assets in Texas

LCG, Feb. 4, 2004--The extensive building of new power plants in Texas has rendered many older plants less profitable than they would otherwise be, but according to the state's 1999 deregulation law, the impact on utilities will be reduced through stranded asset charges on consumers' electricity bills.

The amounts of such charges will be greater than utility commissioners or lawmakers anticipated, and stem in part from the fact that little surplus power generated within the state can be exported to neighboring regions.

Stranded asset charges are essentially calculated as the difference between plants' book value and their market value, which are expected to be between $4 billion and $5 billion for CenterPoint Energy Inc., originally Houston Power & Light. This averages approximately $1,000 per customer around Houston. The charges will mean that consumers will not receive refunds as had been anticipated by the Public Utility Commission of Texas in 2001. In the case of TXU Corp., however, a 2002 settlement of $1.3 billion has limited the amounts to be paid by ratepayers for older plants.

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