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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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Federal Prosecution of Reliant May Be Near

LCG, Mar. 9, 2004--Federal prosecutors have notified Reliant Energy that an investigation into behavior by subsidiary Reliant Energy Services' traders and employees could lead to criminal indictments, the company has said.

Regulators with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reached a settlement worth $13.8 million with Reliant over the apparent exercise of market power in Southern California power markets in June 2000, where Reliant Energy Services, now called Reliant Resources Inc., owns power plants. The settlement ended the agency's investigation. Transcripts of conversations between traders with the company were released by FERC, due to the clearly expressed intent to boost prices by deliberately withholding power from the market.

Reliant said that it would argue against any charges brought against it. According to the University of California Energy Institute's Severin Borenstein, who was quoted in the Sacramento Bee, "Frankly, I think they will have a hard time getting very far. I'm not aware of any criminal laws covered by what Reliant did, though I believe they certainly are guilty of exercising market power and driving up prices."

The San Francisco office of the U.S. attorney did not provide comment, as its investigation is pending.
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