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Xcel Energy Expands Plans to Add Wind Farm Capacity to 3,380 MW

LCG, March 23, 2017--Xcel Energy yesterday announced plans to make the largest multi-state investment in wind capacity in the country. The proposed plan is expected to increase the amount of wind energy in the Xcel's energy mix by 2021, with wind fueling nearly 35 percent of its total energy mix.

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First Solar Starts Operations of the 250-MW Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project

LCG, March 22, 2017--First Solar, Inc. Friday held the commissioning ceremony for the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, located approximately 30 miles north of Las Vegas on the Moapa River Indian Reservation. The power generated by the 250-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project will be purchased under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power(LADWP).

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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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