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Coal-Fired Generation at the Intermountain Power Project to End in 2025

LCG, May 25, 2017--The owners of the Intermountain Power Project announced on May 23 that they will cease electricity generation fueled by coal in 2025. The decision is driven by the loss of existing customers, environmental regulatory issues, and competition from both gas-fired generation that benefits from low natural gas prices and growing renewable (wind and solar) capacity supported by state renewable portfolio standards (RPS???s).

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DONG Energy Announces Opening of the Burbo Bank Extension Project with 8-MW Offshore Wind Turbines

LCG, May 23, 2017--The Burbo Bank Extension Project, a new offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay, UK, opened on May 17 and became the first offshore wind farm to make commercial use of the MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW wind turbines. The wind farm is a joint venture between DONG Energy (50%) and its partners PKA (25%) and KIRKBI A/S, parent company of the LEGO Group (25%).

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National Grid Proposes to Develop 1,200 MW HVDC Transmission Project

LCG, March 30, 2017--National Grid announced Tuesday a proposal to develop a new transmission project to deliver up to 1,200 MW of energy from Canada to the New England power grid. The proposed Granite State Power Link (GSPL) will be constructed almost entirely along existing transmission corridors to reduce costs, maximize use of existing infrastructure and minimize environmental impacts. National Grid expects the project will lower energy costs in New England by $1.1 billion over its first ten years of operation.

The GSPL will be a commercial project funded by National Grid and its investors, not customers of its regulated companies. Investors include Massachusetts-based Citizens Energy.

As proposed by National Grid, the GSPL will be comprised of two segments. The first is a new high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) overhead line located in Vermont alongside an existing HVDC line in an expanded right-of-way (ROW) corridor from the Canadian border at Norton, Vermont, to a proposed converter station on National Grid-owned property in Monroe, New Hampshire.

The second segment will upgrade approximately 107 miles of existing National Grid-owned overhead lines from Monroe to southern New Hampshire to accommodate the additional power flows from the new HVDC line. The southernmost portion of the project also includes a proposed switching station and a few miles of related new transmission lines.
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