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Alliant Energy Purchases 300-MW Wind Farm Project from Apex

LCG, October 5, 2017--Apex Clean Energy (Apex) Friday announced the sale of the Upland Prairie Wind Farm to Interstate Power and Light (IPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation. Construction is scheduled to commence next spring.

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Ameren Missouri Announces Plans to Add 700 MW of Wind Generation by 2020

LCG, September 27, 2017--Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, announced Monday plans to add a minimum of 700 MW of wind generation by 2020, which represents an investment of approximately $1 billion. The new wind farms are expected to be located in Missouri and neighboring states. The company stated it also plans to add 100 MW of solar generation over the next 10 years, with 50 MW expected to commence operations by 2025.

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NRC Announces Plans to Issue New Reactor License to Dominion for North Anna Site

LCG, June 1, 2017--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) yesterday authorized the issuance of a Combined License (COL) for Dominion Virginia Power's North Anna site in Virginia. The license grants Dominion permission to build and operate an Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) design at the site, near Mineral, Virginia.

The Commission authorized the agency's Office of New Reactors to issue the license following a hearing on March 23. The Commission found the staff's review of Dominion's application to be adequate to make the necessary regulatory safety and environmental findings. The NRC expects to issue the license in the next few days.

Dominion has not committed to build the new unit; however, the COL provides the option to do so to meet projected its rapidly growing demand for electricity in Virginia.

The existing North Anna Nuclear Generating Station includes two Westinghouse pressurized water reactors (PWRs) that commenced operations in 1978 and 1980, respectively. The combined electric generating capacity of the two existing reactors is 1,790 MW. The NRC approved 20-year license extensions for Units 1 and 2 in March 2003.

The new license for Unit 3 contains conditions, including specific actions associated with the agency's post-Fukushima requirements.

The process to obtain a COL from the NRC is lengthy. Dominion submitted the North Anna application for an ESBWR adjacent to the company's two existing reactors to NRC on November 26, 2007. The NRC completed its environmental review and published the final impact statement for the proposed reactor in February 2010.

GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) submitted the Standard Design Certification to the NRC on August 24, 2005 for the 1,600-MW ESBWR, which uses natural circulation for normal operation and has passive safety features. The NRC certified the ESBWR design following a Commission vote in September 2014.

The NRC's Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards independently reviewed aspects of the application that concern safety, and the committee provided the results of its review to the Commission on November 15, 2016.
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