FERC Accepts Application for 2,200-MW Navajo Energy Storage Station

LCG, January 24, 2020--Daybreak Power Inc. recently announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has accepted the company's application for a preliminary permit for its proposed 2,200-MW Navajo Energy Storage Station (NESS). Achieving this milestone is an important, early step towards approving the project, which is estimated to cost $3.6 billion. The pumped storage hydro system would be located at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's (Reclamation) Lake Powell Reservoir on the Colorado River in Arizona.

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NRC Issues Early Site Permit to Tennessee Valley Authority for SMRs at Clinch River Site

LCG, December 27, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on December 17 that the Commission has authorized the issuance of an Early Site Permit (ESP) for Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ESP closes several site-related issues, including many environmental impacts, for small modular reactors (SMRs) at the site. The ESP is the first issued by the NRC for SMRs and will be valid for up to 20 years from date of issuance.

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Minnesota Power Completes Fourth Phase of Bison Wind Energy Center

LCG, January 20, 2015--Minnesota Power, a division of ALLETE, Inc., announced yesterday that it has completed commissioning on the fourth phase of its Bison Wind Energy Center, located in south-central North Dakota. The estimated investment cost for the 205-MW expansion project is $345 million. The total generating capacity of the Bison Wind Energy Center is now nearly 500 MW.

The project, Bison 4, includes 64 wind turbines that deliver power via a 465-mile direct current (DC) transmission line that connects the Square Butte Substation in Center, North Dakota, to the company's Arrowhead substation near Duluth, Minnesota. The first three phases of the Bison Wind Energy Center include 101 wind turbines that were built in 2010-12 and have a combined electric generating capacity of 292 MW.

The North Dakota Public Service approved the Bison 4 site construction permit in September 2013, and construction began that fall. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission then approved Minnesota Power's petition seeking cost recovery from customers for Bison 4 investments in January 2014.

ALLETE's Chairman stated, "We've made significant strides over the last eight years to bring our energy generation into better balance. Development of renewable energy from wind and water is rapidly transforming our nation's energy landscape and with the addition of nearly 500 MWs of wind from the Bison development on our system, we are providing cleaner energy while maintaining the affordability and reliability of electric power our customers in northeastern Minnesota expect."

Bison 4 is part of Minnesota Power's strategic EnergyForward plan to diversify its energy supply while adding renewables and reducing emissions, including carbon, at power plants.
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