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FirstEnergy to Sell a Total of 1,572 MW of Competitive Natural Gas and Hydro Assets

LCG, January 20, 2017--FirstEnergy Corp. yesterday announced it has entered into an agreement to sell four competitive natural gas generating plants in Pennsylvania and its competitive portion of a Virginia hydroelectric power station to a subsidiary of LS Power Equity Partners III, LP, of New York for approximately $925 million in an all cash transaction. The combined capacity of the electric generating facilities sold totals 1,572 MW, including 713 MW of pumped-storage hydro capacity in the Bath County Pumped Storage Project.

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NRC Accepts TVA?s Early Site Permit Application At Clinch River Site for Small Modular Reactor

LCG, January 13, 2017--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) yesterday announce that it has accepted for review the Early Site Permit (ESP) application for the Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) submitted the application and associated information in May 2016.

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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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