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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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Calpine Cancels Sonoran Pipeline

LCG, Feb. 19, 2002--A $1.7 billion natural gas pipeline planned by Calpine Corp. and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners will not be built, according to representatives of the joint venture.

Calpine said shipping contracts with other companies could not be obtained. Furthermore, it said it had not spent "significant capital" on the Sonoran pipeline project, which was to have been operational in 2004. It would have brought gas from New Mexico's San Juan Basin to locations near the southern California border.

Calpine has been watched closely by investors after its debt was downgraded by the major rating agencies, and is seeking to obtain a $350 million credit line as it reigns in planned spending.

Another pipeline being developed by Calpine is meant to serve the Otay Mesa power plant near San Diego and is now expected in July 2003, later than expected.

According to the California Public Utilities Commission, lower usage of natural gas by gas-fired electricity generators has led to a 11% decrease in demand within the Southern California Gas Co. system. Wayne Andrews, an analyst with Raymond James & Associates Inc. in Houston said that pipeline capacity could be fully utilized when demand and economic conditions return to normal. After commenting that the "gas crisis" was not solved in California, he said "we just got a downturn in the economy. Natural gas consumers used fuel oil or anything else they could in reaction to the high prices."
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