LG&E and KU Announce the Retirement of the Coal-fired Green River Generating Station

LCG, October 2, 2015-Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities Company (KU), subsidiaries of PPL Corp., yesterday announced the retirement of the coal-fired Green River Station, located in western Kentucky. The retirement of Units 3 and 4 on September 30 completes the least cost compliance plans announced by the utilities in 2011 to retire 800 MW of coal-fired generation to meet the environmental mandates issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Southern's Kemper County IGCC Project Now Targets Completion in Second Quarter of 2016

LCG, September 30, 2015--Southern Company subsidiary Mississippi Power yesterday filed its monthly Kemper County energy facility project status report for August with the Mississippi Public Service Commission. After reviewing remaining start-up, commissioning and operational readiness activities, Mississippi Power now expects the entire project to be placed in service in the second quarter of next year.

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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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