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San Diego County Water Authority Seeks Proposals for 500-MW Pumped Storage Project

LCG, July 21, 2017--The San Diego County Water Authority Tuesday issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a potential joint energy storage project with the City of San Diego that would expand use of existing hydroelectric infrastructure at San Vicente Reservoir. The project could potentially dampen water rate increases and provide greater opportunities for renewable energy development in the area.

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Bay State Wind Receives Federal Approval for Offshore Wind Farm

LCG, July 20, 2017--Bay State Wind, a joint venture between DONG Energy and Eversource, reported yesterday that the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has approved its site assessment plan (SAP) for an offshore wind project proposed off the coast of Massachusetts near Martha's Vineyard. Bay State Wind states they are the first in the nation to receive federal approval of their site assessment plan.

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FirstEnergy Pursues State Legislation to Support Nuclear Plants in Ohio

LCG, February 24, 2017--FirstEnergy Corp. is pursuing legislation in Ohio to provide financial support to its two nuclear power plants, Davis-Besse and Perry, through a zero emission credits (ZECs) program. The financial support is sought to avoid premature retirement of the carbon-free electric generating facilities that have a combined capacity of 2,176 MW.

On Wednesday, FirstEnergy's president and chief executive officer stated, "We continue to assess and evaluate a number of strategic alternatives for our companies - for our competitive business, including asset sales, legislative or regulatory initiatives for generation that recognizes environmental or energy security benefits, alternatives for our retail business and financial restructuring."

Last year, state legislation with ZEC programs was passed in Illinois and New York to provide financial support and avoid early retirement of nuclear plants located in those states. The nuclear power plants are challenged to compete in a market with a growing number of combined-cycle plants fueled by low-cost natural gas. Furthermore, aggressive state renewable portfolio standards drive significant new installations of wind and solar capacity that reduce the net electricity load and dampen wholesale power prices. The New York Clean Energy Plan goal is 50 percent renewable energy by 2030, and the Illinois Renewables Portfolio Standard goal is 25 percent for 2026. In addition to providing clean energy with no carbon dioxide or other air emissions, the number of employees at the nuclear plants and the associated plant property taxes are a significant benefit to the counties in which the plants are located.
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