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FirstEnergy Solutions Files Certification Letter with NRC Affirming Plan to Close Nearly 4,050 MW of Nuclear Generating Facilities

LCG, April 26, 2018--FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), a competitive generation subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., yesterday announced that it has filed a Certification Letter with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) formally notifying the Commission of its decision to permanently deactivate its nuclear power plants over the next three years, citing "severe economic challenges." When the closures are combined, the reduction will total 4,048 MW of carbon-free, electric generating capacity. In 2017, the nuclear units contributed approximately 65 percent of the electricity produced by the FES generating fleet.

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Alliant Energy to Install More Wind Farms in Iowa

LCG, April 19, 2018--Alliant Energy's Iowa utility subsidiary, Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), received approval to increase its wind expansion program from the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB). Through this expansion, combined with existing wind farms and market purchases, the company expects wind to provide approximately one-third of its total electric generating capacity in Iowa by the end of 2020.

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EDF's 154-MW Rock Falls Wind Project Achieves Commercial Operations

LCG, December 15, 2017--EDF Renewable Energy yesterday announced that commercial operations have commenced at its Rock Falls Wind Project in northern Oklahoma. Construction on the project began in July 2017.

EDF announced in September 2017 an agreement with Kimberly-Clark Corporation to purchase 120 MW of the power generated by the wind farm. The power purchase agreement (PPA) is Kimberly-Clark's first use of utility-scale renewable energy and will support Kimberly- Clark to surpass its 2022 commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent four years ahead of schedule.

Kimberly-Clark's Global Head of Sustainability stated, "We are proud to partner with EDF Renewable Energy on the Rock Falls project, which marks a significant step in Kimberly-Clark's Energy and Climate strategy."

The Rock Falls Wind Project is located in Kay and Grant Counties. The facility has an installed capacity of 154 MW and uses Siemens wind turbines manufactured in their Iowa-based facilities.

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