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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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FERC Finds Entergy Bidding Process Not Competitive

LCG, Mar. 22, 2004--The results of bidding by generators to gain access to utility Entergy Corp.'s transmission system showed undue consideration for affiliates, analysts with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission testified last week.

Entergy gave 76 percent of network transmission capacity to entities with which it had no corporate ties, and 20 percent to affiliates, according to filings it made with the agency. A spokesman for Entergy told Reuters that an independent analyst oversaw the manner in which bids were awarded. Generators including Calpine Corp., TECO Energy and Tractebel Energy Marketing have asserted that Entergy did not treat all bids fairly.

FERC's James Ballard wrote that Entergy Services Inc., the subsidiary handling the bids, "did not adequately analyze the ... bids with respect to transmission system impacts and their related cost implications." Sabine Joe, the other analyst who testified, said she believe Entergy had "committed affiliate abuse."

The agency began investigating last year, due to questions about affiliate transactions and competition. FERC Judge Brenner will preside at a formal hearing on June 15.
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