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Power Generation and Supply Market Recap, February 2021

By FirmoGraphs Staff
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February 2021's Power Generation & Supply Market Recap is a snapshot of the data and information we curate. We share industry drivers, notable projects, recent mergers and acquisitions, interesting reads, and updates on upcoming meetings and conferences.

 

Industry Drivers

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Our data team tracks new and updated industry drivers. Here are some recent drivers we have been following this month:

New Mexico’s Facilities For Clean Energy Generation Bill

Status: Proposed

Organization: New Mexico Legislature 

Summary:  On February 2, 2021, the Senate Conservation Committee passed S.B. 67. The bill would block the construction of any new electricity generating facilities that burn natural gas, only allowing developments that generate clean energy. If signed, the bill would apply to any new or replacement energy capacity constructed on or after July 1, 2021, restricting the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) from approving facilities generating power from burning coal or natural gas.

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Georgia House Resolution 70 to Support Clean Energy

Status: Proposed

Organization: Georgia Legislature

Summary: On January 13, 2021, the H.R. 70 was introduced before the Georgia General Assembly. The bill is a resolution supporting a state goal of 100% clean energy by 2050, the creation of thriving-wage green jobs, and an equitable clean energy transition.

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Indiana House Bill 1469 Focuses on the Closure Plan for CCR Impoundments

Status: Proposed

Organization: Indiana Legislature

Summary:  On January 14, 2021, the H.B. 1469 was referred to the Committee on Environmental Affairs, after the first reading. The bill requires that a public hearing be held on the question of the approval or denial of a closure or post closure plan for a coal combustion residuals surface impoundment. The bill establishes requirements for the disposal of coal combustion residuals and the closure of a coal combustion residual surface impoundment, while also providing that an owner or operator of a coal combustion residuals surface impoundment must develop a transportation plan for the coal combustion residuals.

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Indiana Senate Bill 367 Referred to the Committee on Environmental Affairs

Status: Proposed

Organization: Indiana Legislature

Summary: On January 11, 2021, the S.B. 367 was referred to the Committee on Environmental Affairs, after the first reading. The bill provides that the rules of the environmental rules board may not allow coal combustion residuals produced by the burning of coal to generate electric power to be disposed of. The bill forbids the department of environmental management from approving a plan for closure of a disposal facility for CCR located at the site where the CCR were generated. The bill requires the Indiana utility regulatory commission (IURC) to review an electric utility's plan for closure of its CCR surface impoundment and grants to the IURC freedom to require the utility to provide an assessment of the potential cost of remediating groundwater contamination, while also permitting the IURC to allow the utility to recover the costs of closing.

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Nebraska’s Lancaster County Eases Restrictions on Wind Turbines

Status: Effective

Organization: Lancaster County Board

Summary:  On February 18, 2021, the Lancaster County Board in Nebraska voted 3-1 to reduce the required setbacks, raise noise thresholds and nix a requirement that protected nonparticipating, nearby vacant lots from turbine noise. This way, some of the strictest rules on wind turbines in Nebraska were eased, making it easier to develop a renewable energy source, a key component in confronting climate changes. 

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Guidance for Changes During Construction for New Nuclear Power Plants Licenses 

Status: Effective

Organization: Nuclear Regulatory Commission 

Summary: On February 25, 2021, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a regulatory guide describing a process that the NRC staff considers acceptable for implementation of changes to the design of structures, systems, and components of a facility being constructed under a combined operating license that references a certified design.

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Changes to Subsequent License Renewal Guidance Documents

Status: Proposed

Organization: Nuclear Regulatory Commission 

Summary: On February 25, 2021, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued three Interim Staff Guidance (ISG) documents that update aging management criteria for mechanical, structural, and electrical structures and components in the NRC's subsequent license renewal (SLR) guidance documents. This notice is effective on March 29, 2021.

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HB 155 - A Bill to Regulate Electrical Grid for Reliability

Status: Proposed

Organization: Wyoming Legislature 

Summary: On February 26, 2021, Wyoming Legislators introduced House Bill 155. The bill asks state regulators to consider the closure of the coal or natural gas power plant would increase the risk of power outages. Also, the bill guarantees that the utilities would be held responsible for damages or injuries caused by power outages. 

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Illinois EPA Finalizes Standards for the Disposal of Coal Combustion Residual in Surface Impoundments

Status: Proposed

Organization: Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) 

Summary: On March 30, 2020, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) filed a rulemaking, proposing new rules at 35 Ill. Adm. Code 845 concerning coal combustion residual surface impoundments at power generating facilities in the State. The Board is required to adopt new rules for 35 Ill. Adm. Code 845 by March 30, 2021. 

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Notable Projects

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We track notable projects from proposal stage to becoming effective. Here are some of the recent notable projects we have been tracking.

$146 Million Deer River Wind Farm Project

Type: Generation - Wind                                          

Status: Proposed

Organization: Avangrid Renewables

Summary: The proposed Project consists of the construction and operation of a commercial-scale wind power project, including the installation and operation of up to 40 wind turbines, together with the associated collection lines (below grade and overhead), access roads, meteorological towers, and operation and maintenance (O&M) building To deliver electricity to the New York State power grid. The Applicant proposes to construct a collection substation adjacent to a National Grid interconnection switching station which will interconnect with National Grid’s Lighthouse Hill to Black River 115 kV transmission line. It is expected that a 34.5 kV collection line will extend around 6 miles from the collection substation to the generation site. The Deer River Wind Farm Project will have a nameplate capacity of 100 MW, and is expected to operate at an annual net capacity factor (NCF) of about 32%.

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$249 Million Grant County Solar Project

Type: Solar                                           

Status: Proposed

Organization: Wisconsin Power and Light Company

Summary: In May, 2020, the Wisconsin Power and Light Company filed an application before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for a Certificate of Authority to acquire, construct, own, and operate six solar electric generation facilities, known as the North Rock Project (50 MW), Grant County (200 MW), Crawfish River (75 MW), Onion River (150 MW), Richland County (50 MW), and Wood County (150 MW) Projects. The biggest of them, the Grant County Project, will consist of about 763,000 individual solar panels and is expected to generate over 400,000 MWh of electricity every year. The project is developed by a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC with an estimated price of $249 million. 

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$200 Million MS Solar 5 – Golden Triangle Project

Type: Generation - Solar                                           

Status: Proposed

Organization: MS Solar 5, LLC

Scale: 200 megawatts AC

Construction Date: October, 2022

Summary: On December 11, 2020, the MS Solar 5, LLC, filed a petition with the Mississippi Public Service Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity Authorizing the Construction and Operation of a Solar Electric Generating and Storage Facility in Lowndes County, Mississippi. Petitioner intends to construct, own, and operate the Facility in Lowndes County, Mississippi. The Facility includes a 200 MWac electric generation facility. The entire electricity  output generated by the Facility will be sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority power purchase agreement(PPA) with a term of 20 years. The Facility will also include a 50 MWac battery storage facility which will store electricity produced by the Facility for delivery during hours of the day which are not optional for solar electric generation. The estimated cost for this project is $200 million.

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$125 Million Bridgeport Pequonnock Substation Rebuild Project

Type: Substation                                           

Status: Proposed

Organization: United Illuminating Company

Scale: 115 kilovolts (kV) /13.8 kV

Summary: On January 8, 2021, the United Illuminating Company filed a petition with the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for Approval of the Manner and Method of Construction and Permission to Energize the Bridgeport Pequonnock Substation Rebuild Project. The Pequonnock Project consists of the construction and operation of a new 115 kV/13.8 kV gas insulated Pequonnock Substation to be located on an about 3.7-acre site at 1 Kiefer Street in the City of Bridgeport, Fairfield County. The estimated cost for this project is $125 million. 

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$160 Million Liberty County Solar Facility

Type: Generation - Solar                                           

Status: Proposed

Organization: Entergy Texas, Inc. 

Scale: ~100 megawatts (MW)

Construction Dates: in service by 2023

Summary: In September, 2020, Entergy Texas, Inc. (ETI) filed an application before the Public Utility Commission of Texas to amend ETI's Certificate of Convenience and Necessity to acquire a nearly 100 MW Liberty County Solar Facility (LCSF) and a determination that ETI's acquisition of the LCSF through a tax equity partnership is in the public interest. Entergy Texas, Inc. filed an application with the Commission requesting approval of a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity permitting ETI to construct a nearly 100 MW solar photovoltaic electric generation facility in Liberty County, Texas. As part of its long-term electric supply resource plan, ETI has determined that it needs additional generating resources in the near future. The overall investment for this facility is around $160 million with a May 2023 commercial operation date.

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Notable M&A

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The following  M&A transactions in the Power Generation and Supply Industry stand out in the month of February:

What We Are Reading

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Here are some recent articles our team has been reading:

Meeting Planner

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Organizations have shifted their event strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are tracking these changing meeting plans.  

Meetings in March and April 2021

 

Call for Papers Deadline

 

Early Birds Registration

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