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Siemens Awarded Contract for 588-MW Offshore Wind Farm in Scotland

LCG, May 25, 2016--Siemens Wind Power was awarded an order for the Beatrice wind farm, a 588-MW offshore wind farm located approximately 9 miles off the Scottish coast. The installation of the wind turbines is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2018, and the project is expected to be completed in 2019.

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Xcel Energy Requests Approval for 600-MW Wind Project in Colorad

LCG, May 18, 2016--Xcel Energy filed an application with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for approval of a $1 billion investment in the Rush Creek Wind Project,located in eastern Colorado. The 600-MW project, which includes installing a 90-mile, 345 kV electric transmission line, is now under development by Invenergy Wind Development North America. Xcel is requesting (i) approval to purchase the project, (ii) a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) for the wind farm and associated transmission facilities, and (iii) approval to seek cost recovery.

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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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