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NorthRenew Energy's Mesquite Sky Wind Project Commences Construction

LCG, January 21, 2021 -– NorthRenew Energy (“NorthRenew”) announced today that Clearway Energy Group (“Clearway”) achieved construction commencement on the Mesquite Sky Wind Project, f/k/a Baird North Wind Project (“Mesquite Sky”), initially developed by NorthRenew and sold to Clearway in 2019. Following the sale in 2019, NorthRenew continued to assist Clearway with final development and pre-construction services.

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Minnesota Power Announces Vision for 100 Percent Carbon-Free Energy by 2050

LCG, January 13, 2021--Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company, yesterday announced its vision to deliver 100 percent carbon-free energy to customers by 2050.

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Search for Missing Fuel Rods at Vermont Nuclear Plant

LCG, Apr. 23, 2004--Officials at the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor, as well as representatives of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, are involved in searching for two small but highly radioactive spent fuel rods that had been stored in a pool reserved for such rods.

The owner of the Yankee plant, Entergy Corp., issued a statement saying, "Vermont Yankee has an extensive system of radiation monitors and, due to the radioactive nature of the material, the segments could not have been inadvertently removed from the pool in anything other than a container specifically designed... to contain radioactive material." Anyone exposed to the rods without the benefit of a form of shielding would experience a fatal amount of radiation.

According to records, the rods were put into the pool in 1979, after being put into a stainless steel container. A similar situation ended in a nuclear plant in Connecticut being fined $288,000; the misplaced fuel did not surface. Vermont Gov. James Douglas spoke with the NRC's head, and called the misplacement of the rods "intolerable." The rods, which have the thickness of about a pencil, could conceivably be used to make a "dirty bomb."
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