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Georgia Power's IRP Approved with 1,600 MW of New Renewable Generation

LCG, July 29, 2016--Georgia Power Company, a Southern Company subsidiary, received approval from the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) for its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) that includes the addition of 1,600 MW of renewable energy to its portfolio by 2021. The PSC also approved a revision of the Company?s request to pass on and capitalize the costs of investigation and licensing costs for potential new nuclear units and to recover these costs from ratepayers in the future. Both proposals were approved by a 4-1 vote.

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PSEG's Bridgeport Harbor H-Class Combined Cycle Project Clears Hurdle

LCG, July 28, 2016--PSEG's proposed combined cycle facility at the existing Bridgeport Harbor Station was reviewed by the Connecticut Siting Council, and the Council issued a declaratory ruling on July 21 that no Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need is required for PSEG Power Connecticut LLC to build the 485-MW Bridgeport Harbor Unit 5.

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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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