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ERCOT 2019 Summer Quarter Outlook

LCG, May 29, 2019-- LCG released a new summer (June – September 2019) report that looks at how the ERCOT grid copes with strained network conditions. Resource adequacy analysis for the region is especially important during extreme summer loading conditions. This summer the network is under particular scrutiny as the reserves have tightened because of recent retirements.

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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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Duke Starts Emission Control Upgrade Project at Belews Creek Steam Station

LCG, May 25, 2005--Duke Power Company, the regulated utility owned by Duke Energy Corp., initiated construction last week to add scrubbers that will reduce sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions at its Belews Creek Steam Station. The station is the largest coal-fired power plant in North Carolina and one of the ten largest coal plants in the country.

Duke is scheduled to complete the flue gas desulfurization (FGD) project, with an estimated cost of $500 million, in 2008. The new equipment is expected to reduce SO2 emissions by up to 95 percent, with significant reductions in mercury emissions as well. Early last year, Duke completed the installation of a $450 million project at Belews Creek designed to reduce nitrogen-oxide (NOx) emissions by as much as 85 percent.

In addition to upgrading existing plants, Duke Power is active in planning new capacity. Earlier this month, Duke Power filed plans with the North Carolina Utilities Commission regarding the potential addition of 2,200 MW of generating capacity adjacent to three existing power plants, with total costs of more than $2.3 billion.

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