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Southern's Kemper County IGCC Project Now Targets Completion in First Half of 2016

LCG, October 29, 2014-Southern Company announced yesterday further delays in the schedule to begin operations of its Kemper County coal project that is currently under construction by its subsidiary, Mississippi Power. A year ago, Mississippi Power announced the project should be completed in the last quarter of 2014. Yesterday's filing targeted the facility to be placed in service the first half of 2016.

Piedmont Natural Gas Obtains Approval from State Commission for the Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

LCG, October 28, 2014-Piedmont Natural Gas yesterday received regulatory approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) for its affiliate agreements with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). Regulatory approval from the NCUC is necessary, as Piedmont Natural Gas is both a financial partner and a customer of the proposed natural gas pipeline. In addition, approval for the project will be needed from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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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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