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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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Massachusetts Agency Plan Would Increase Renewables

LCG, Feb. 7, 2002--A plan by the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources would require increases in renewable energy use in the state, for a total net increase of 4 percent by 2009.

The renewable energy supply could be generated outside New England, and would have to be obtained by utilities and energy marketers, who would need to show proof that the energy provided by them was from a renewable resource, such as wind, solar power, or landfill gas. Hydropower would not be considered in the increases, given that environmentalists have objected to possible ecological impacts from hydropower.

If the renewable resources carried higher costs, the impact for the average household would be 15 cents per month, according to the division commissioner David L. O'Connor. O'Connor said that the proposal was mandated in 1998 electric restructuring legislation. An industry group, the Competitive Power Coalition, said that the plan is something its plant-owner members "believe in and support 100 percent." Neal Costello, the group's general counsel, also articulated the group's focus on having operating hydroelectric and incinerators included in renewable energy quotas prior to tracking of increased renewable purchases.

NStar Electric and Massachusetts, the major utilities, were said to be reviewing the plan yesterday, according to the Boston Globe. The state's lawmakers will need to approve the plan, which would go into effect in January 2003 unless significant modifications are sought.
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