Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP Announce 250-MW Solar Project in Colorado

LCG, October 1, 2019--Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP announced Friday that they have reached a long-term agreement to develop a 240-MW solar facility in Colorado. Lightsource BP will finance, build, own and operate the Bighorn Solar project and sell all the electricity it generates to Xcel Energy under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). The project will be built on EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel property in Pueblo, making it the largest on-site solar facility dedicated to a single customer in the country.

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Duke Energy Plans to Pursue Second Nuclear Operating License Renewals for Nuclear Fleet

LCG, September 20, 2019--Duke Energy announced yesterday that it will seek to renew the operating licenses of the 11 reactors it operates at six nuclear stations in the Carolinas for an additional 20 years. The company plans to submit the license renewal application for Oconee Nuclear Station in 2021, followed by its other nuclear stations.

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MidAmerican Proceeds with Diverse Projects in Iowa

LCG, December 21, 2004--Phase 2 of MidAmerican Energy Company's Greater Des Moines Energy Center became operational last Friday, bringing the total station capacity up to 540 MW. The initial phase of the gas-fired, combined-cycle plant provided 350 MW of capacity and began commercial operations in May 2003.

MidAmerican is also proceeding with two wind farms in Iowa. Each wind farm will include 100, 1.5-MW wind turbines, with a combined generating capacity of over 300 MW. One wind farm, located in Buena Vista and Sac Counties, is expected to be completed later this month. The other wind farm will be located in Wright and Hamilton Counties and is expected to commence operations next summer.

To round out MidAmerican's efforts, a proposed decision and order issued last Wednesday from the Iowa Utilities Board gave MidAmerican approval to proceed with its proposed 122-mile long, 345-kV electric transmission line designed to complement the new, 790-MW coal-fired unit at Council Bluffs Energy Center. Construction on the new unit began in the fall of 2003, and the target date for commercial operations is summer 2007.

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