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FirstEnergy Solutions Files Certification Letter with NRC Affirming Plan to Close Nearly 4,050 MW of Nuclear Generating Facilities

LCG, April 26, 2018--FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), a competitive generation subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., yesterday announced that it has filed a Certification Letter with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) formally notifying the Commission of its decision to permanently deactivate its nuclear power plants over the next three years, citing "severe economic challenges." When the closures are combined, the reduction will total 4,048 MW of carbon-free, electric generating capacity. In 2017, the nuclear units contributed approximately 65 percent of the electricity produced by the FES generating fleet.

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Alliant Energy to Install More Wind Farms in Iowa

LCG, April 19, 2018--Alliant Energy's Iowa utility subsidiary, Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), received approval to increase its wind expansion program from the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB). Through this expansion, combined with existing wind farms and market purchases, the company expects wind to provide approximately one-third of its total electric generating capacity in Iowa by the end of 2020.

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Sempra Plans 600 Megawatts in Mexicali, Mexico

LCG, Feb. 22, 2001A subsidiary of utility holding company Sempra Energy Inc. said yesterday it would build a 600 megawatt natural gas-fueled power plant in Mexico, in the border town of Mexicali. Sempra values the project at $350 million and said the facility should begin commercial operation by the summer of 2003.

The plant, Termoelectrica de Mexicali, will be built by Sempra Energy Resources and would be connected to the California transmission system through a 230 kilovolt interconnect. Mexicali is 10 miles south of El Centro, Calif., and about 80 miles east of San Diego.

"Electricity from this new power plant can help alleviate California's energy crisis," said Donald Felsinger, Sempra Energy group president.

Natural gas fuel for the plant will be delivered through the new North Baja Pipeline, which will begin construction this summer. In order for Termoelectrica de Mexicali's power to be exported into California, permits will be required from the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy, but not from California regulators.

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