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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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AWEA Issues Second Quarter 2017 Market Report

LCG, August 3, 2017--The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently released its new U.S. Wind Industry Second Quarter 2017 Market Report. AWEA's evaluation concludes that developers installed 357 MW of new wind capacity in the U.S., increasing the total to 2,357 MW. The total installed capacity in the U.S. is now 84,405 MW, and Kansas became the fifth state in the U.S. to surpass 5,000 MW of installed capacity.

Three companies dominated the installations. GE Renewable Energy, the newly merged Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, and Vestas installed a combined 97% of the 2,357 MW of facilities commissioned during the first half of 2017.

AWEA estimates significant additional capacity from newly installed wind turbines by the end of 2017. For the second quarter, project developers announced 2,495 MW in new construction activity and 1,346 MW in new advanced development activity. AWEA's report states that there are now 14,004 MW under construction and 11,815 MW in advanced development, or a combined 25,819 MW of wind capacity under construction or in advanced development. These figures represent a 41% year-over-year increase.

Texas continues to lead the U.S., with 21,044 MW of installed capacity. Based upon construction activity, Oklahoma may surpass Iowa to become the second-ranked state in installed capacity by the end of 2017. California and Kansas are ranked four and five.

With respect to power purchase agreements (PPAs), AWEA reports new agreements totaling 1,697 MW were signed during the second quarter, raising the total capacity announced in 2017 up to 3,443 MW.
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