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Presidential Permit Process Advances for Emera's Atlantic Link Transmission Project

LCG, December 6, 2017--Clean Power Northeast Development, a subsidiary of Emera Inc., has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a Presidential Permit, requesting authorization to build the Atlantic Link subsea electric transmission project, a 1,000-MW, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission interconnection extending approximately 375 miles to deliver wind and hydro power from Atlantic Canada directly to Massachusetts. The proposed in-service date is late 2022.

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We Energies to Close Pleasant Prairie Coal Plant in 2018

LCG, November 30, 2017--WEC Energy Group announced Tuesday that it will shut down the coal-fired, Pleasant Prairie electric generating facility in the second quarter of 2018. WEC Energy Group's Wisconsin operations include We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service.

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MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Announces New 9.5 MW Wind Turbine

LCG, June 9, 2017--MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Tuesday unveiled the next iteration in its V164 wind turbine series, a 9.5 MW turbine. The company claims it to be the "most powerful serially-produced wind turbine in the world." The announcement follows closely behind the release of its 9 MW wind turbine.

The new 9.5 MW turbine is built on the V164 turbine platform, with 80-meter blades that result in a swept area of 21,124 meters-squared. The approximate hub height is 105 meters, and the approximate tip height is 187 meters. The Chief Technology Officer at MHI Vestas stated, "With only minimal design changes, including a redesigned gearbox and cooling system upgrades, this turbine continues the legacy of the proven V164 platform and is available now to all MHI Vestas customers."

The CEO of MHI Vestas stated, 'As a leader in the offshore wind industry, we are committed to lowering the cost of energy through innovative turbine technology. The launch of our V164-9.5 MW turbine is a testament to that leadership and to the ingenuity of our engineers and technicians. The V164-9.5 MW is built on the industry-leading V164 platform, the most powerful platform in operation."

Only last month, the Burbo Bank Extension Project, a new offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay, United Kingdom, opened and became the first offshore wind farm to make commercial use of the MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW wind turbines. The wind farm is a joint venture between DONG Energy (50%) and its partners PKA (25%) and KIRKBI A/S, parent company of the LEGO Group (25%).

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a collaboration between parent companies Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Vestas Wind Systems that was founded in April 2014.
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