Xcel Energy Proposes Accelerating Retirement of Coal-fired Electric Generating Units in Minnesota

LCG, October 7, 2015-Xcel Energy announced on October 2 its proposal to accelerate the company's transition from coal-fired electric generation resources to generating resources with less carbon emissions by retiring two, coal-fired units at its Sherburne County Generating Plant (Sherco) in Becker, Minnesota

LG&E and KU Announce the Retirement of the Coal-fired Green River Generating Station

LCG, October 2, 2015-Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities Company (KU), subsidiaries of PPL Corp., yesterday announced the retirement of the coal-fired Green River Station, located in western Kentucky. The retirement of Units 3 and 4 on September 30 completes the least cost compliance plans announced by the utilities in 2011 to retire 800 MW of coal-fired generation to meet the environmental mandates issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Gadsby Plant in Utah to Expand

LCG, Feb. 6, 2002--Growing demand for power in Utah caused the Utah Public Service Commission to approve an expansion of the Gadsby Power Plant, close to Salt Lake City.

Utah Power plans to begin work next week on an $80 million, 120-megawatt expansion of the gas-fired plant. The company wants to have the upgrade completed by summer, when demand should hit its annual peak.

The expansion of the existing plant was seen as the best way to avoid wholesale power price surges on the open market, and approved by Utah's Committee of Consumer Services as well as the Division of Public Utilities.

The PSC chairman, Stephen Mecham, noted that the cost of building the expansion is not guaranteed to be repaid through customer bills. He said, "when they go to recover the costs in a future rate case the company will have to show the costs it incurred were reasonable."

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