Alliant Energy to Proceed with 500-MW New Wind Project

LCG, October 28, 2016--Alliant Energy's Iowa-based subsidiary Interstate Power & Light (IPL) announced yesterday that it will proceed with the New Wind Project, which will add up to 500 MW of new wind generation in Iowa. Construction may commence as early as next year. Alliant Energy expects that 250 MW of wind farm electric generating capacity will commence operations in 2019, with the remainder delivering power to the grid in 2020.

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TVA's Watts Bar Unit 2 Achieves Commercial Operation

LCG, October 21 2016--The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced Wednesday that its Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear facility has achieved commercial operation. The 1,150-MW electric generating facility, located approximately 50 miles northeast of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the first new nuclear reactor in the U.S. in twenty years.

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Industry News

Blugegrass State's Bluegrass Plant Starts Up

LCG, June 13, 2002--A new 500-megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant, intended to operate during peak-demand months June through September, began operating in Kentucky's Oldham County this week.

The plant is run by Bluegrass Generation Co. LLC, a subsidiary of Dynegy, and will sell its output on the open market, mostly in the Midwest. The simple-cycle peaking plant's three turbines are connected to the Louisville Gas & Electric Co. transmission system.

Some opposition to the plant persists, even following emissions testing and the lifting in May of a state moratorium on new merchant permit applications. An organization called Community Against Power Plants is bringing legal challenges concerning alleged health and environmental effects. An administrative hearing is planned for the second week of September.

Dynegy owns another plant in Kentucky's Lawrence county; that facility began producing power in June 2001.
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