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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Illinois Drives Solar Investment with New Legislation and Grants

LCG, August 20, 2010--Illinois Governor Pat Quinn approved legislation Tuesday that will accelerate solar carve-out targets for utilities and reduce red tape for homeowners that wish to install solar energy systems at their homes.

Governor Quinn stated, "Solar energy is the wave of the future, and it is important that our public utilities and homeowners are able to more easily increase their use of solar energy....We must do everything we can to increase our use of solar energy, which will help us protect natural resources and reduce our reliance on traditional energy sources, such as foreign oil."

House Bill 6202 amends the Illinois Power Agency Act and the Public Utilities Act accelerates the date from 2015 to June 1, 2012 for Ameren and Commonwealth Edison to purchase 0.5 percent of their power specifically from solar power generation sources. The requirement increases to 1.5 percent by June 1, 2013; 3 percent by June 1, 2014; and 6 percent by June 1, 2015, and each year thereafter.

Existing laws require investor-owned utilities (IOUs) in Illinois to supply at least 7% of retail electricity from renewables by 2012, with the renewable resources to grow to 25% by 2025. The carve-out requirement for wind is 75% of the renewable resources.

In addition to House Bill 6202, Governor Quinn signed the Homeowners' Solar Energy Act, which enables individual homeowners to install solar panels on their homes without undue interference from homeowner's associations.

The governor also announced a $4 million stimulus grant to support the Rockford Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Project, which will be installed at the the new solar PV panel manufacturing facility of Wanxiang America Corporation in Rockford, Illinois. The facility also received $2 million in state support back in 2009.
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