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Ameren Missouri to Acquire 400-MW Wind Farm

LCG, May 23, 2018--Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, Monday announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire, after construction, a 400-MW wind farm in northeast Missouri. The project will include 175 wind turbines to be installed by an affiliate of Terra-Gen, LLC. Construction is expected to commence in summer 2019.

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Impacts of High Variable Renewable Energy Futures on Wholesale Electricity Prices, and on Electric-Sector Decision Making

May 23, 2018 -- Lawrence Berkeley Lab partnered with LCG Consulting to develop a large number of variable renewable energy (VRE) scenarios to derive future generator portfolios and hourly price and emissions series. The main objective of this exercise is to offer policymakers, utilities and grid authorities a long-range view of how current choices could impact their future ability to cope with changes in the electric sector.

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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.

The plants scheduled for retirement are: Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station (908 MW) in Oak Harbor, Ohio, by May 31, 2020; Beaver Valley Power Station Units 1 and 2 (totaling 1,872 MW) in Shippingport, Pennsylvania by May 31 and October 31, 2021, respectively; and Perry Nuclear Power Plant (1,268 MW) in Perry, Ohio, by May 31, 2021.

The letter to the NRC affirms the Company's March 28, 2018, notification to PJM Interconnection (PJM), the regional transmission organization, as well as its initial, informal notification to the NRC. The plant closures are subject to review by PJM for reliability impacts, if any. In the interim, the plants will continue normal operations.

The president of FES Generation Companies and chief nuclear officer stated, "We are actively seeking policy solutions at the state and federal level as an alternative to retiring these plants, which we believe still have a crucial role to play in the reliability and resilience of our regional grid. What also is at stake for the region is 4,048 megawatts of zero-emission baseload generating capacity, an all but irreplaceable resource. As early as mid-2019, we will begin facing decisions on each of these plants as to whether to refuel them or shut them down. Absent legislative or regulatory relief, we cannot continue to operate the plants on their current uneconomic basis."

FES, its subsidiaries and FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company on March 31, 2018, filed petitions under Chapter 11 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code in order to facilitate an orderly financial restructuring. The case is proceeding in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio, in Akron.
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