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South Field Energy Breaks Ground for 1,182-MW Power Plant

LCG, May 16, 2019--South Field Energy LLC announced yesterday its groundbreaking for an 1,182-MW, combined-cycle electric generating facility in Columbiana County, Ohio. The natural gas-fired facility is scheduled to commence operations in mid-2021 and represents a $1.3 billion investment.

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Exelon to Shut Down Three Mile Island by September 30, 2019

LCG, May 10, 2019--Exelon Generation announced Wednesday that Three Mile Island Generating Station Unit 1 (TMI) will shut down by September 30, 2019. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had approved back in 2009 a 20-year extension for the nuclear energy facility through 2034.

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Duke Energy Carolinas Files IRP

LCG, September 6, 2018--Duke Energy Carolinas excluded new nuclear construction in its recently filed Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which includes its 15-year plan for new power generation.

For many years, expansion of nuclear generation has been a normal part of Duke's solution to meeting long-term electric supply needs. However, new nuclear reactors are not part of the new IRP. However, new nuclear projects remain a possibility for the future. Duke continues to monitor developments in advanced nuclear reactors and small modular reactors (SMRs).

Duke does plan to pursue receiving license extensions for its existing nuclear assets, which total 7,400 MW of capacity. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has historically issued 40-year licenses for the initial reactor operating period, with 20-year extensions available to units that qualify. All of Duke's nuclear units have received the first, 20-year extensions, which allow for a 60-year life. The next step a number of companies, including Duke, are considering with the NRC is to extend the licenses for another 20 years, or a total of 80 years. If the existing carbon-free nuclear plants can receive an additional 20 years of operations, then there will be significant benefits with respect to limiting carbon emissions.
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