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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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EU Commission Would Increase Nuclear Insurance Premia

LCG, July 11, 2003--Nuclear operators would be required to increase their insurance coverage for nuclear accidents or environmental damage under rules introduced by the European Union Commission.

The changes were put forth to bring the EU into compliance with treaties concerning civilian use of nuclear technology, namely the Paris Convention on Third Party Liability and the follow-up Brussels Convention, both of which were first drafted in the 1960's, but which were updated in response to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, in which a large radioactive release occurred in the Ukraine.

EU countries would have the ability to change their liability laws, in the direction of requiring larger payments by nuclear operators to compensate victims, and to pay for environmental harm. The Paris Convention sets the limit for such compensation payments. Under the newly released plan, governments would also be required to pay more for insurance covering the effects of a nuclear incident.

The European nuclear industry, as far as the trade group FORATOM was concerned, is behind the changes, as the new rules do not surpass the treaty provisions. The treaties were updated by the Nuclear Energy Agency, of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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