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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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Lawsuit Filed to Void Long-Term Electricity Contracts

LCG, May 1, 2002-California Senator Tom McClintock of Thousand Oaks (R ) filed a lawsuit this morning in California Superior Court alleging an energy consultant violated the law in writing long-term energy contracts.

McClintock's suit asserts that state energy consultant Vikram Budhraja did not follow government code when he assisted negotiation of last year's electricity contracts.

California government employees are forbidden to write contracts in which there is conflict of interest, such as if a retainer exceeds five percent of a person's total yearly income.

Budhraja has served at several executive posts for Edison International, parent to Southern California Edison utility, and resigned in January of 2000. Reportedly Edison International gave Budhraja a retainer of over $100,000 last year and renewed the retainer for 2002. His own company is under contract to receive - over about a 3 year period starting in 2001 - $6.2 million from California for consulting work.

Southern California Edison's generation division, Edison Mission Energy, now has a ten-year contract with California's Department of Water Resources, but Edison Mission insists that Budhraja was not involved with that contract.

Department of Water Resources spokesman Oscar Hidalgo also asserts that the suit has no merit and is merely a political move on the part of McClintock.

The suit has been filed in the wake of the renegotiation of eight long-term California energy contracts, rewritten because they were deemed unreasonably costly.

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