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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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California Congressman Puts Heat on Cal-ISO

LCG, Nov. 19, 2001--U.S. Rep. Doug Ose, a California Republican, has demanded that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission act on what he says is preferential treatment of the California Department of Water Resources by the California Independent System Operator.

In a letter last Thursday to FERC, which was released Friday, Ose said dealings between the two state agencies contravene the required independence of the ISO. Reliant Energy Inc. and Mirant Corp. filed a complaint with FERC last month alleging that information-sharing between the two groups violates the ISO's tariff.

Ose backed up his letter with a copy of a confidential memo from Eric Woychik, described as having inside knowledge of the water agency, to ISO board member Mike Florio, who is also a lawyer for an anti-utility gadfly group, The Utility Return Network.

Ose did not tell how he came by the memo, but said it revealed "egregious examples of interference by CDWR in the electricity market."

How confidential was the memo? In it, Woychik wrote "If the press, Legislature, or FERC get wind of this, I think we are toast!!!"

Woychik's memo said that CDWR scheduling practices resulted in "very large additional costs for purchases," and compromised reliability. He cited as an example an instance when the water agency required the ISO to accept bilateral contracts for $400 per megawatt-hour when cheaper coal-fired generation from a Nevada plant was available for $60.

In his letter to FERC, Ose said the memo "clearly illustrates the perils of a lack of independence" at the ISO.

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