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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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Regional Demand Management Considered by FERC

LCG, Feb. 20, 2002--Officials at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may issue rules that give control of demand curtailment programs to regional transmission managers, instead of local utilities.

The commission favors regional management because it could increase reliability, by encouraging demand-related decisions that support regional objectives. Some utilities now have programs that allow customers to obtain lower rates in exchange for cuts in their power usage during times of high demand.

The chairman of the FERC, Pat Wood, last week told a conference on demand management funded by the government that "I'd like to see it done regionally." He hinted that a planning document due in March could include rules on demand-response programs. George Edgar, now a director at Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corp. and formerly at the FERC, said "we need a system where the value of energy efficiency that is occurring in Wisconsin could be used to offset regional transmission needs. In other states, the same thing could happen."

Currently, Wisconsin utilities with demand-response programs coordinate with the American Transmission Co., a company formed in 2000 at the same time that utilities were legally required to divest themselves of transmission assets. The sales were meant to prevent market manipulation by local owners of transmission infrastructure.
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