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Dominion Energy Announces Plans to Pursue New Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Facility Virginia

LCG, September 8, 2017--Dominion Energy Virginia announced yesterday that it will proceed with its plan to study the feasibility of a new pumped storage hydroelectric facility in the coalfield region of Southwest Virginia by conducting in-depth studies of two potential sites: a 4,100-acre site in Tazewell County and an abandoned mine in Wise County. The preliminary estimate for a single facility could be in the range of $2 billion.

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Georgia Power Files Recommendation to Complete Construction of Vogtle Nuclear Expansion Project

LCG, September 1, 2017--Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power filed a recommendation yesterday with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to continue construction of the Vogtle nuclear expansion near Augusta, Georgia. The project's co-owners, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities, all support the recommendation, which is based on the results of a comprehensive schedule, cost-to-complete and cancellation assessment.

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Rocky Mountain Power Pursues Regulatory Approval for $3.5 Billion Wind and Transmission Investment

LCG, July 3, 2017--The Rocky Mountain Power submitted filings last week in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho requesting state regulators to approve a plan to significantly expand the amount of wind power serving customers by 2020. The plan is part of the company's Energy Vision 2020 initiative.

Rocky Mountain Power's Energy Vision 2020 initiative is designed to: (i) upgrade or "repower" the company's existing wind fleet with longer blades and newer technology, (ii) add approximately 1,100 MW of new wind capacity, and (iii) build a new 140-mile Gateway West transmission. Most of the new investments will be in Wyoming.

Rocky Mountain Power President and CEO stated, "We are very excited to begin the stakeholder review process for these projects that will significantly increase the renewable energy that serves all our customers. These investments will provide significant long-term benefits to our customers and bring substantial economic benefits to rural communities where the facilities will be located."

Rocky Mountain Power first announced the wind and transmission investments in April as part of its broader long-term energy plan. Additional filings and regulatory approvals will be necessary.

The Energy Vision 2020 projects, which comprise an investment of $3.5 billion, were chosen by the company as the most cost-effective option to meet customers' energy needs over the next 20 years. By moving to complete the projects by 2020, the company states that it will be able to use federal production tax credits to provide a net cost savings to customers over the life of the projects.
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