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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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Widespread East Coast Power Failure Affects Flights, Subways

LCG, August 14, 2003This afternoon blackouts hit residents of New York, northern New Jersey, Michigan, parts of Long Island and Connecticut, and even Ottawa and Ontario.

According to the New York Times, upstate New York authorities told New York City officials the blackouts had to do with overload on the Niagara Mohawk Power Grid.

In addition fire at a New York City power station at 4:00 Eastern time may have contributed to the blackouts. Several authorities have pointed to Canada as the source of the blackout. Most authorities have asserted that the cause is still unknown.

Reuters has also reported that a nuclear plant in New Jersey is not operating, which may have contributed to an overloaded system. Indian Points two nuclear reactors, as well as Ohios Perry and Fermi nuclear generators have been shut down because of loss of off-site power.

Several airports are experiencing outages, including all three of New York Citys. Ground stops have been ordered for Cleveland, Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark, N.J. airports, preventing planes from leaving those airports until further notice.

Subways in several cities are down, and combined with traffic signal failures, wreaked havoc in rush hour streets.

No evidence of terrorism has as yet been linked to the power failure, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the FBI.

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