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FirstEnergy to Sell a Total of 1,572 MW of Competitive Natural Gas and Hydro Assets

LCG, January 20, 2017--FirstEnergy Corp. yesterday announced it has entered into an agreement to sell four competitive natural gas generating plants in Pennsylvania and its competitive portion of a Virginia hydroelectric power station to a subsidiary of LS Power Equity Partners III, LP, of New York for approximately $925 million in an all cash transaction. The combined capacity of the electric generating facilities sold totals 1,572 MW, including 713 MW of pumped-storage hydro capacity in the Bath County Pumped Storage Project.

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NRC Accepts TVA?s Early Site Permit Application At Clinch River Site for Small Modular Reactor

LCG, January 13, 2017--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) yesterday announce that it has accepted for review the Early Site Permit (ESP) application for the Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) submitted the application and associated information in May 2016.

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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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