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TVA Board Votes to Retire Over 2,000 MW of Coal-fired Generation

LCG, February 14, 2019--The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board voted today to retire both the Paradise Unit 3 and Bull Run coal-fired power plants within the next few years. The closures will reduce the TVA fleet electric generating capacity by 2,031 MW.

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MHPS to Supply Three J Class Turbines for Power Project in Virginia

LCG, February 8, 2019--Balico, LLC and Gemma Power Systems selected Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPS) and its J Class turbines for the 1,600-MW Chickahominy Power Station project in Virginia. The combined cycle power plant will deliver power into the PJM regional transmission grid and is scheduled for completion in 2022.

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Massachusetts Politicians Request Delay in SeaBrook License Extension

LCG, January 23, 2019--Two U.S. senators and a U.S. representative from Massachusetts jointly sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) last week opposing the NRC's decision to grant NextEra, the owner of the Seabrook, New Hampshire, nuclear power plant, a 20-year license extension and amendment later this month for the plant.

The NRC had recently announced plans to grant NextEra the extension of its operating license "on or about January 30," together with an amendment to the license regarding the presence of concrete degradation at the plant caused by alkali-silica reaction (ASR), which was discovered in 2009. The politicians requested a delay in the license amendment and renewal until after this summer's Atomic Safety Licensing Board hearing, which would include public input.

A NextEra representative stated, "Since 2011, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has held more than a dozen public meetings, with the opportunity for members of the community to weigh in. Public meetings are an important part of the NRC's process, and we expect public conversations to continue. License renewal is important for protecting the role of Seabrook Station as a regional asset and a producer of clean, reliable and low-cost electricity for New England."

Commercial operations for the 1,250-MW pressurized water reactor (PWR) began in August 1990. The current license is due to expire March 15, 2030, and the license extension will enable carbon-free, electric generation from the nuclear facility into 2050.
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