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Minnesota Power Reaches Settlement Agreement with EPA Over NSR Allegations

LCG, July 17, 2014-Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE, Inc., announced yesterday that it has reached a settlement agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to resolve alleged violations of the New Source Review (NSR) provisions of the Clean Air Act. The agreement does not include any admission of wrongdoing on the part of the company. Minnesota Power is one of many utilities in the U.S. whose investments in electric generation facilities were reviewed as part of the EPA's Coal-Fired Power Plant Enforcement Initiative that began in 1999 and resulted in over 25 related settlements.

MHI to Provide Carbon Capture System for Texas Project

LCG, July 16, 2014-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order for a world's largest post combustion CO2 capture system for an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project in Texas. The MHI system will capture CO2 produced by an existing coal-fired power generation facility. The project is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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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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