TVA Board Votes to Retire Over 2,000 MW of Coal-fired Generation

LCG, February 14, 2019--The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board voted today to retire both the Paradise Unit 3 and Bull Run coal-fired power plants within the next few years. The closures will reduce the TVA fleet electric generating capacity by 2,031 MW.

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MHPS to Supply Three J Class Turbines for Power Project in Virginia

LCG, February 8, 2019--Balico, LLC and Gemma Power Systems selected Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPS) and its J Class turbines for the 1,600-MW Chickahominy Power Station project in Virginia. The combined cycle power plant will deliver power into the PJM regional transmission grid and is scheduled for completion in 2022.

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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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