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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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Dominion Reaches Agreement on Emissions Plan for Salem Power Station

LCG, May 27, 2005--Dominion, one of the largest energy companies in the nation, announced that it has signed a consent order with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and other stakeholders for a plan to reduce emissions at the Salem Power Station that will result in the station meeting State emission regulations.

The plan includes commitments from Dominion to keep the 745-MW plant, which is equipped to burn coal and oil, operating through at least September 30, 2008. The plant is a key source of jobs and tax revenues for the community. Dominion purchased the plant on January 1, 2005 from the bankrupt from USGen, which had threatened to close the plant to avoid the costs of installing emission control equipment.

One element of the plan is to change the quality of coal in order to reduce sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and mercury emissions from the station. Modifications to enable the fuel handling system to use low-emissions coal will also be required.

ISO New England had determined the plant is needed for grid reliability purposes and had moved to block the closure of the station. The new agreement regarding how the emissions will be reduced and how costs will be allocated was filed Wednesday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which must approve the pact.

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