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Southern Power Acquires 150-MW Solar PV Project in Southern California

LCG, October 24, 2014-Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power announced yesterday its acquisition of the 150-MW Solar Gen 2 solar facility in southern California from First Solar, Inc. Project construction began in 2013, and the project is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will receive the power generated from the facility under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) adopts UPLAN for potential integration with its Short Term Energy Outlook

LCG, October 8, 2014 – The office of Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the US Department of Energy has acquired UPLAN Network Power Model for specialized electric modeling. EIA has also acquired the accompanying Plants, Loads, Assets, Transmission and Operations (PLATO) data models for the entire US electric system.

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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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