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Commission Approves Entergy Louisiana's Proposed 980-MW Combined-cycle Plant

LCG, November 23, 2016--Entergy Louisiana, LLC announced last Thursday that it has received approval from the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) to construct a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant in St. Charles Parish. With the approval, Entergy Louisiana plans to proceed to install the 980-MW electric generating facility, which is scheduled to commence commercial operations by June 2019.

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Dominion Announces New Solar Energy Projects With Amazon in Virginia

LCG, November 18, 2016--Dominion announced today an expansion of its solar alliance with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, to add 180 MW of new solar generating capacity in Virginia. When combined with a recently completed 80-MW solar project in Accomack County, the Dominion-Amazon alliance will total 260 MW of solar capacity in Virginia when the five new projects are completed.

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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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