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Equinix to Install Bloom Energy Fuel Cells at 12 North American Data Centers

LCG, August 18, 2017--Equinix, Inc., Wednesday announced the signing of a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between a subsidiary of Southern Company, PowerSecure, and Equinix in which Bloom Energy fuel cells will be installed at 12 International Business ExchangeTM (IBX®) data centers in the U.S. The project is financed through Southern Company and demonstrates a strategic partnership between Bloom Energy and Southern Company to support on-site fuel cell solutions.

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Oklahoma's Attorney General May Hinder Development of 2,000-MW Wind Catcher Project

LCG, August 17, 2017--The Attorney General of Oklahoma's public utility division filed a motion last Friday calling for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to dismiss a preapproval case for Public Service Company of Oklahoma?s Wind Catcher project, a planned 2,000-MW wind farm than includes construction of an approximately 350-mile, dedicated, extra-high voltage electric transmission line to deliver the renewable energy to customers.

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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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