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Panda Power Funds Dedicates 758-MW Combined-Cycle Facility in Texas

LCG, November 21, 2014-Panda Power Funds dedicated its new, natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle power plant in Sherman, Texas yesterday. Construction on the Sherman Generating Station started in July 2012. The dedication of its sister facility in Texas, Temple I, occurred in late September.

Rhode Island Offshore Block Island Wind Project Clears Department of Interior

LCG, November 19, 2008-The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) of the Department of the Interior has granted a right-of-way for the undersea transmission line that will deliver the wind-generated electricity from Deepwater Wind's 30-MW Block Island offshore project to the Rhode Island mainland.

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Cost Estimate Up for Duke's New Nuclear Power Station

LCG, November 5, 2008--Duke Energy Carolinas informed the North Carolina Utilities Commission that the estimated cost to build the proposed William States Lee, III Nuclear Station in South Carolina has risen to $11 billion, or approximately double the original estimate, excluding financing. The new power plant is scheduled to be operational in 2018 in order to meet Duke Energy Carolina's forecast growth in electric demands.

Duke proposes to install two 1,117-MW reactors and to use Westinghouse Electric's AP1000 design, which incorporates passive safety features. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved the Design Certification on December 30, 2005.

Last February Duke received notification from the NRC that the combined construction and operating license (COL) application for Lee Nuclear Station submitted December 2007 was accepted and docketed.

Duke's COL application relies upon the COL application to build two nuclear reactors at TVA's Bellefonte site in northern Alabama that was submitted October 31, 2007 to the NRC by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and NuStart Energy, a consortium of nuclear energy companies that includes Duke.

Other companies that have announced the selection of the AP1000 design as the basis for additional COL applications to construct reactors include Progress Energy, Southern Company, SCANA and Santee Cooper.

Duke's proposal is relatively unique for the United States in that Duke plans to build the reactors at a greenfield site, rather than to add capacity at an existing nuclear power station. The greenfield site is located in Cherokee County, South Carolina.



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