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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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Nevada Power Seeks 15.25 Percent Return on Moapa Project

LCG, August 6, 2004--Nevada Power's recently proposed purchase of the partially completed Moapa Power Plant from Duke Energy Corporation includes a proposal to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) to allow a 15.25 percent return on equity. Earlier this year, the PUC set the allowable rate of return for Nevada Power at up to 10.25 percent. The total cost of the Project is estimated at $558 million, including the $182 million payment to Duke. The purchase is subject to approval by the PUCN, with operations targeted for June 2006.

Nevada Power, a wholly owned utility of Sierra Pacific Resources, recently filed an amended Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) with the PUCN to incorporate the Moapa Project. On Wednesday, participants in the case filed written testimony with the PUCN. The Bureau of Consumer Protection, the Southern Nevada Water Authority and PUC staff members supported the purchase but requested the PUC reject or modify the 5 percentage point incentive increase proposed by Nevada Power for the return on equity associated with the new plant. The PUC staff recommended reducing the return from 15.25 percent to 13.25 percent. The hearings on the Moapa Project are scheduled on August 25, 2004.

The Moapa Project is located about 20 miles northeast of Las Vegas in the Moapa Valley. The natural gas-fired project consists of two, 600 MW combined cycle plants. The plant is roughly 50% complete, with the gas and steam units already set on their foundations. Nevada Power plans to complete the contruction. The plant will connect to the Kern River Pipeline, and Nevada Power plans to pursue pipeline capacity through Kern River's open season planned for later this year.

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