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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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Xcel Energy Reacquires NRG Spin-Off

LCG, Feb. 19, 2002--Xcel Energy has announced it wants to buy all outstanding shares of NRG Energy, which owns unregulated generating assets in the U.S. and other assets abroad.

NRG separated from Xcel in 2000, but has become highly leveraged and experienced significant risk of having its debt downgraded. Shares would be bought back at $11.50, 35 percent below their original pricing at issuance.

According to NRG, Xcel's announcement did not follow any negotiations between the two companies. Although Xcel has sought to strengthen NRG's position with transfers of capital and forced it to sell off overseas investments, NRG's stock price has fallen 50 percent in the past six months.

In communications with analysts, Xcel, which now owns 26 percent of NRG, asserted that its sudden announcement of a buyback at a discount was necessary to prevent a debt downgrade for the struggling unit. NRG's debt is currently investment grade. Credit Lyonnais Securities analyst Gordon Howald commented, "NRG's highly leveraged balance sheet proved unfixable in the near term."
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