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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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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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NRG's El Segundo Energy Center Project Commences Operations

LCG, August 9, 2013--NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG) recently announced that commercial operation has commenced at its natural gas?fueled, combined-cycle generating facility at the El Segundo Energy Center, which is located near Los Angeles, California. Southern California Edison will obtain the entire output from the facility under a 10-year power purchase agreement (PPA) executed in 2008.

The new, 550-MW El Segundo Energy Center project supports the retirement of a less efficient, 335-MW steam boiler unit built at the site in 1964 that relied on once-through ocean water for cooling. The new facility is an air-cooled, combined-cycle facility that uses grey water and reduces the use of potable water at the site by nearly 90 percent. The new facility employs a fast-start design that delivers more than half of its generating capacity in less than 10 minutes and the balance in less than 1 hour. The rapid response capabilities are especially important in California, with its ever-growing use of intermittent, renewable resources.

"Our modernization efforts at El Segundo ideally complement California?s growth of intermittent renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, in support of the State?s renewable portfolio standard while maintaining its tradition of being a good neighbor to the surrounding coastal communities," said the President of NRG Energy?s West Region. "In addition, we have worked with the community to improve the visual aesthetics of the site by incorporating native landscaping, installing a new picturesque sea wall, and affording improved coastal views with the lower profile of the plant."

The new generating capacity is a welcome addition this summer, given Southern California Edison's recent decision to not reactivate and to permanently retire Units 2 and 3 at its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).

NRG purchased El Segundo Generating Station in the spring of 1998 as part of the California electric industry restructuring. The station was originally built in the 1950s by Southern California Edison.
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