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Presidential Permit Process Advances for Emera's Atlantic Link Transmission Project

LCG, December 6, 2017--Clean Power Northeast Development, a subsidiary of Emera Inc., has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a Presidential Permit, requesting authorization to build the Atlantic Link subsea electric transmission project, a 1,000-MW, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission interconnection extending approximately 375 miles to deliver wind and hydro power from Atlantic Canada directly to Massachusetts. The proposed in-service date is late 2022.

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We Energies to Close Pleasant Prairie Coal Plant in 2018

LCG, November 30, 2017--WEC Energy Group announced Tuesday that it will shut down the coal-fired, Pleasant Prairie electric generating facility in the second quarter of 2018. WEC Energy Group's Wisconsin operations include We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service.

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BP and Edison Plan California Power Plant with CO2 Sequestration

LCG, February 15, 2006--Edison Mission Group (EMG), a subsidiary of Edison International, and BP recently announced plans to build a hydrogen-fueled power plant in southern California that would generate electricity from petroleum coke with minimal carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The proposed, 500-MW project would utilize new financial incentives included in the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 for advanced gasification technologies.

The site of the new plant is adjacent to BPs Carson refinery, which is about 20 miles south of Los Angeles. The proposed plant would include a gasifier to convert petroleum coke produced at refineries into hydrogen gas that would fuel gas turbines used to generate electricity. The hot exhaust gas from the turbine can also be used to heat water to produce steam to power a steam turbine and generate electricity a second time. The environmentally sensitive plant design incorporates the use of recycled and treated city waste water for plant needs

As part of the process, the CO2 gas would be captured and transported via pipeline to oil fields, where the CO2 would be injected underground into the oil reservoirs to improve oil production and sequester the CO2 from the earth's atmosphere. The CO2 is produced along with the recovered oil, then recycled and reinjected. The companies estimate that about 90 percent of the CO2 would be sequestered. In November 2005, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that a DOE-funded project had successfully sequestered CO2 into the Weyburn Oilfield in Saskatchewan, Canada, while doubling the fields oil recovery rate.

BP is discussing options with Occidental Petroleum for sequestering the CO2 in Occidentals California oilfields, and technical studies are on-going to determine which of Occidental's nearby oil fields would most benefit from CO2 flooding.

The estimated cost of the plant is $1 billion. The companies plan to finish detailed engineering and commercial studies this year and to complete project investment decisions in 2008, with operations commencing in 2011.

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