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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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NRC Extends Operating License for Entergy's Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant

LCG, March 23, 2011--The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued on Monday a 20-year license extension to the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, a 605-MW, nuclear reactor that is owned and operated by Entergy Corp. The existing operating license is scheduled to expire in March 2012.

Entergy's ability to extend the operating life of the plant remains somewhat uncertain, as Entergy apparently agreed to seek state approval to extend the life of the plant when the facility was acquired. Last year, the Vermont Senate voted against relicensing, and the new Governor (and former Senate pro tem) of Vermont is opposed to relicensing.

The recent earthquake, tsunami, and related challenges to control nuclear plant operations in Japan have elevated the concerns. A Vermont representative stated, "The radioactive release in Japan is the result of inundation by water.... We may be a seismically inactive area but we do face the power of water if nature decides to inundate the Vermont Yankee plant. Is it-- and the emergency support systems around it-- up to the task of protecting the people of Vermont?"



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