Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities have pulled a request for proposal searching for as much as 900 MW in technology capability to exchange output from two energy plant items being retired.
LGE/KU are planning to satisfy a possible power shortfall created if the anticipated retirements of Mill Creek Units 1 and a pair of and E.W. Brown Unit three occur later this decade.
The coal-fired Mill Creek Units 1 and a pair of and E.W. Brown Unit three are reaching the top of their financial lives and the utilities are beginning the method to guage all obtainable technology. The utilities are searching for from 300 to 900 MW starting in 2025 to 2028.
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Proposals have to be for not less than 100 megawatts and have to be delivered to the utilities’ transmission system. Additionally, the utilities are asking for proposals for not less than 100 megawatts of battery storage on their system.
“These items have enabled us to ship protected, dependable energy to our clients for many years, however they’re nearing the top of their life cycles. Keeping them working would require pricey investments, and given their age, it might not be in the most effective curiosity of our clients to additional put money into these items,” stated David Sinclair, LG&E and KU’s vp of Energy Supply and Analysis. “The request for proposal will enable us the chance to guage plenty of choices to make sure that we proceed to serve our clients power wants in probably the most dependable, least-cost style with out committing LG&E and KU to any specific enterprise choice.”
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All proposals are due by March 31. The utilities anticipate making a choice by the center of the yr and presumably searching for relevant regulatory approvals beginning in early 2022.
At the time of their anticipated retirements, the Mill Creek items can be greater than 50 years previous and Brown Unit three can be practically 60 years previous. Mill Creek Unit 1, inbuilt 1972, has 300 MW of capability and is anticipated to be retired in 2024.
Both Mill Creek Unit 2, a 297-MW unit inbuilt 1974, and Brown Unit three, a 412-megwatt unit inbuilt 1971, are anticipated to be retired by 2028.
Together, LGE and KU present electrical energy to shut to at least one million clients in Kentucky and elements of Virginia. They are associates owned by PPL.
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