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Duke Energy Renewables to Install 200-MW Wind Project in Texas

LCG, April 12, 2019--Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, yesterday announced it will build, own and operate the MesteƱo Wind Project, located in southern Texas. The power generated by the 200-MW project will be sold into the ERCOT market, and Duke Energy Renewables will enter into a long-term hedge agreement covering the majority of the expected wind energy production. Construction has commenced, and the project is scheduled for completion by year-end.

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FPL Announces Plans for 409-MW Battery Storage System

LCG, April 3, 2019--Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) recently announced a plan to build the world's largest solar-powered battery system, the Manatee Energy Storage Center, as part of a modernization plan to accelerate the retirement of two, 1970s-era natural gas generating units at FPL's neighboring Manatee Power Plant.

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Six Firms Qualify for Brazil's Cesp Auction

LCG, May 11, 2001The energy secretariat of Sao Paulo state in Brazil said yesterday that a Brazilian utility and five foreign firms have qualified for the May 16 auction of Cesp Parana, which provides about half of the electric power consumed in Brazil's most populous state.

Attempts to auction Cesp fizzled last year when all bidders withdrew at the last minute, citing risks in the utility's debt portfolio and its inability to fill the reservoir behind one of its largest hydroelectric facilities. Most of the companies problems have been resolved, observers say.

Base price for next Wednesday's auction has been set at 1.74 billion reals ($765 million U.S.), the same price in reals as last year's attempt. The price is lower in U.S. dollars, however, because of sharp declines in the Brazilian currency against that of the U.S.

A spokeswoman for Sao Paulo state said Duke Energy Corp., AES Corp. and NRG Energy Inc. of the U.S.; Electricit de France, and Electricidade de Portugal qualified to bid for Cesp. Minas Gerais state utility Cemig, which was restricted from bidding for a controlling stake in Cesp, was authorized to participate provided that it forms a bidding consortium with another firm.

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