Duke Energy Renewables Announces Commercial Operations Achieved for 150-MW Solar Project

LCG, June 20, 2019--Duke Energy Renewables, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, yesterday announced that its 150-MW North Rosamond solar project in Kern County, California, has commenced commercial operation. The power produced from the project is being sold to Southern California Edison (SCE) under a 15-year agreement.

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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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Industry News

B&W and TVA Purse New Nuclear Reactor Design

LCG, June 11, 2009--The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) announced yesterday its plans to develop a new, scalable nuclear reactor. B&W has notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that it intends to submit an application for design certification of the B&W mPower reactor in 2011.

B&W received a Letter of Intent from Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to start evaluating sites to identify a potential lead plant site. B&W, TVA and a consortium of regional municipal and cooperative utilities executed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the construction of a fleet of B&W mPower reactors to meet the consortium's need to diversify its power generation assets.

The mPower reactor design is a passively safe Advanced Light Water Reactor (ALWR) that includes an underground containment design to accommodate storage of used fuel for the planned 60-year life of the reactor. The design is scalable in power increments of 125 MW and provides for a five-year operating cycle without refueling.

B&W create a new business unit, B&W Modular Nuclear Energy, LLC, to lead the development of mPower reactor projects. The reactor will be manufactured at existing B&W facilities in North America.
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