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Sempra Acquires 78-MW Wind Project in Minnesota

LCG, April 24, 2015-Sempra U.S. Gas & Power yesterday announced that it has acquired the Black Oak Getty wind project in Sterns County, Minnesota from Geronimo Energy, LLC, a wind and solar energy developer. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2016, and the project is expected be in commercial operation late next year.

Dominion Announces Plans to Close All Ash Ponds in Virginia

LCG, April 21, 2015--Dominion Virginia Power recently announced plans to close all of the ash ponds at its Virginia power stations in compliance with standards established by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) rules. Coal ash is the substance remaining after coal is burned to generate electricity. Under the EPA rules, fly ash has been determined to be a non-hazardous material.

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GE to Construct Hybrid Renewable Power Plant in Turkey

LCG, June 8, 2011--GE Energy (GE) announced that Turkey's MetCap Energy Investments selected GE's hybrid renewable-natural gas, combined cycle design for a 530-MW plant scheduled to commence operations in 2015. The energy facility will include wind turbines with a generating capacity of 22 MW, along with 50 MW of solar-thermal technology. The project site is in south central Turkey.

The solar thermal power system will be created by eSolar. GE announced on Monday that it would invest in eSolar to supply the solar portion of the system and that it would have licensing rights to sell and develop stand-alone solar thermal or hybrid power plants globally, using eSolar's technology.

eSolar employs a concentrated solar power (CSP) design. A field of sun-tracking, dual-axis heliostats reflects solar energy on a thermal receiver mounted atop a central power tower. The energy is used to create steam. In this hybrid design, the solar steam supplements the steam supply created from the gas-fired, combustion turbines. The high-pressure steam in turn drives the steam turbine to generate power.

Conceptually, the hybrid design adds solar power at a low incremental cost relative to building a stand-alone solar thermal power plant, as the incremental cost (above a stand-alone gas-fired combined cycle plant) is roughly the cost of the heliostats and power tower.



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