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FGE Power Reaches Agreement to Finance and Construct 1,500-MW Natural Gas Project in Texas

LCG, July 23, 2014-FGE Power, LLC yesterday announced an agreement to partner with an affiliate of Starwood Energy Group Global LLC to finance and build two, 747-MW combined-cycle gas turbine facilities in Mitchell County, Texas. Phase I of the project, FGE Texas I, is planned to commence construction this fall and achieve commercial operations no later than early 2017. Phase II, FGE Texas II, will add an identical 747-MW power block, with construction to start in early 2015 and reach commercial operations by the summer of 2017. The FGE Texas Project (FGE Texas I and FGE Texas II) represents over $1.2 billion of direct investment.

Minnesota Power Reaches Settlement Agreement with EPA Over NSR Allegations

LCG, July 17, 2014-Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE, Inc., announced yesterday that it has reached a settlement agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to resolve alleged violations of the New Source Review (NSR) provisions of the Clean Air Act. The agreement does not include any admission of wrongdoing on the part of the company. Minnesota Power is one of many utilities in the U.S. whose investments in electric generation facilities were reviewed as part of the EPA's Coal-Fired Power Plant Enforcement Initiative that began in 1999 and resulted in over 25 related settlements.

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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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