Dominion Energy Announces Plans to Pursue New Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Facility Virginia

LCG, September 8, 2017--Dominion Energy Virginia announced yesterday that it will proceed with its plan to study the feasibility of a new pumped storage hydroelectric facility in the coalfield region of Southwest Virginia by conducting in-depth studies of two potential sites: a 4,100-acre site in Tazewell County and an abandoned mine in Wise County. The preliminary estimate for a single facility could be in the range of $2 billion.

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Georgia Power Files Recommendation to Complete Construction of Vogtle Nuclear Expansion Project

LCG, September 1, 2017--Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power filed a recommendation yesterday with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to continue construction of the Vogtle nuclear expansion near Augusta, Georgia. The project's co-owners, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities, all support the recommendation, which is based on the results of a comprehensive schedule, cost-to-complete and cancellation assessment.

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GE Energy Ships Advanced Gas Turbine for Installation in California

LCG, September 27, 2006--GE Energy announced yesterday that it has successfully completed testing on its first 7H gas turbine and that the state-of-the-art unit is in route to California, where it will be installed at the Inland Empire Energy Center, near Riverside.

The advanced new turbine is one of two units to be installed at the Inland Empire Energy Center, a 775-MW, project located near the unincorporated community of Romoland in Riverside County, California. The California Energy Commission (CEC) granted the license in June 2005, and the project is scheduled to commence operations by the summer of 2008.

The project will be the first site in North America to use GE's new, H System technology that is designed to achieve a thermal efficiency of 60 percent. Like other combined-cycle designs, the H System uses gas turbine exhausts to generate steam that drives another turbine for additional power generation. However, the H System uses steam rather than air to cool the turbines, which allows the system to operate at higher temperatures and results in greater efficiency, using about 3 percent less fuel.

The first GE H System unit was installed in Baglan Bay, Wales, began operation in September 2003, and recently surpassed 17,000 operating hours.

GE will finance and own the energy center, and Calpine will manage plant construction, market plant generation and manage fuel requirements under a long-term agreement. Calpine plans to purchase the facility from GE and become sole owner and operator after an extended period.

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