Virginia Governor Signs Executive Order to Drive Renewable Energy Installations

LCG, September 18, 2019--The Governor of Virginia signed an Executive Order 43 yesterday setting statewide goals for clean energy deployment and expands upon the Commonwealth's commitments to reduce the environmental impact, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and boost the clean energy economy in Virginia.

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Los Angeles Moves A Step Closer to Approving Huge Solar with Battery Storage Installation

LCG, September 12, 2019--The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan on September 10 to install a 300-MW/1,200-MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) located at 8minute Solar Energy's (8mSE) Eland Solar and Storage Center.

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AEP Moves Another Step Closer to Retiring 4,400 MW of Coal-fired Generating Facilities by Summer

LCG, March 25, 2015--American Electric Power (AEP) will close six coal-fired power plants by the end of May, with four additional retirements scheduled by year-end. The plant closings are part of the utility's compliance plan for new Environmental Protection Agency EPA regulations, primarily the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) rule that commence in June.

An AEP spokesperson stated that AEP has sent notices to employees at the Kanawha River (400 MW), Philip Sporn (600 MW) and Kammer (630 MW) plants in West Virginia; the Glen Lyn (335 MW) plant in Virginia; the Muskingum River (1,440 MW) plant in Ohio; and the Tanners Creek (995 MW) plant in Indiana that these facilities will cease operations by May 31, 2015. The combined generating capacity of these plants that will be closed prior to the summer peak season is 4,400 MW.

AEP also plans to retire Clinch River, Unit 3 (235 MW), in Virginia; Big Sandy, Unit 2 (800 MW), in Kentucky; and the Beckjord Generating Station (53 MW) and Picway, Unit 5 (100 MW) in Ohio by year-end. These closures total another 953 MW of generating capacity.

In 2016 AEP plans to retire Northeastern Station, Unit 4 (470 MW), in Oklahoma; and Welsh, Unit 2 (528 MW), in Texas. In total, these retirements will eliminate 6,586 MW of electric generating capacity.
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