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Southern Acquires Controlling Interest in 32-MW Solar PV Project in California

LCG, April 17, 2015--Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power yesterday announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in the 32-MW Lost Hills-Blackwell Solar Facility in California from First Solar, Inc. The remaining interest in the project will be owned by an affiliate of First Solar. Construction of the project began one year ago and is expected to be completed this quarter. First Solar will operate and maintain the facility, which is located in Kern County in the San Joaquin Valley.

Western Energy Partners Announces Plan to Proceed with the 750-MW Clean Path Energy Center

LCG, April 10, 2015-Western Energy Partners, LLC announced earlier this week its plan to develop, permit, construct and operate the Clean Path Energy Center in New Mexico. The energy center will include both a 680-MW natural gas-fired facility and a 70-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-2019. SNC-Lavalin Inc. will serve as the Engineering, Construction and Procurement (EPC) contractor for the gas-fired, combined cycle power block and support project development. ?The Clean Path Energy Center is ideally located to take full advantage of the robust natural gas and electrical infrastructure in San Juan County. This uniquely configured project will feature unprecedented operating efficiencies, exceptionally fast ramping rates and will establish new standards for environmental stewardship. Further, the Clean Path Energy Center is ideally positioned to meet the future electrical needs of consumers in a highly economic and sustainable manner for many years to come,? said the president of Western Energy Partners.

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TVA Announces Plans Stop Burning Coal in Nine Electric Generating Units

LCG, August 25, 2010--The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced yesterday that, beginning next year, it will idle nine coal-fired units that have a combined electric generating capacity of approximately 1,000 MW. One of the units will be considered for repowering, with the fuel switched to biomass. These steps are part of TVA's strategy to replace or retire older, less-efficient, coal-fired units as a means of reducing carbon and other emissions from its generation portfolio.

TVA President and CEO Tom Kilgore stated, "Much of our stakeholder input and other assessments point toward a greater reliance on nuclear power and energy efficiency and less reliance on coal....Replacing some coal with other, cleaner fuel sources allows a reduction in air emissions including carbon. One of TVA's key goals is to improve air quality."

Two units at the Widows Creek plant, located near Stevenson, Alabama, will be idled in fiscal year 2011. Four other units at the Widows Creek plant will be idled between 2011 and 2015. Shawnee Unit 10, near Paducah, Kentucky, will be idled and evaluated for conversion to biomass fuel. Two units at John Sevier near Rogersville, Tennessee will be idled within the next four to five years.

To offset the loss of generating capacity, TVA is installing new gas-fired, electric generation units at the John Sevier site. Additional gas and nuclear generating units are under construction at other TVA sites.

TVA is evaluating the future of other units within its coal fleet that includes 59 units at 11 plants with about 15,000 MW of generation. Over half of this coal-fired capacity is equipped with advanced environmental controls. The remaining units, totaling about 6,000 MW, will be evaluated to determine whether to install new emission controls, idle them or replace them with alternative generation.

TVA is not alone in its idling or repowering of older coal plants. Earlier this month, Xcel Energy submitted to the Colorado Public Utility Commission its plan to comply with Colorado?s new Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, which requires Xcel to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 70 to 80 percent from several coal-fired power plants by December 31, 2017.

Xcel's proposed plan will retire 900 MW of coal-fired generation at the Valmont and Cherokee stations by the end of 2017 and 2022, respectively. Furthermore, the 717-MW Cherokee facility will be repowered to use natural gas, which will increase the capacity to 883 MW. Unit 4 of the Arapahoe plant will also be repowered.



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