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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 Mesteño 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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BP and India’s Tata to Buy 2,184 MW Enron Plant

LCG, July 17, 2003BP Global Investments and Tata Power Company may form a joint venture to purchase the Dabhol Power Company in Indias Maharashtra province.

The 2,148 megawatt Dabhol Power Plant has been idle and mired in controversy for two years. U.S.-based Enron insists that the Maharashtra State Electricity Board fell behind in $240 million worth of payments and that the Indian government failed to honor a counter-guarantee. The plant was subsequently shut down in May 2001.

The 740-megawatt, naptha-fired phase of the plant came on line in May 1999. The 1,444-megawatt, liquefied natural gas-fired second phase was scheduled to begin operations in 2001 but was never quite completed.

Enron currently owns a 65 percent stake in the $3 billion company, and Tata Power and BP Global are looking to purchase a 26 percent stake each from Enron.

General Electric (GE), Bechtel, and the Gas Authority of India, Ltd. (GAIL) each own a 10 percent stake. According to Tata Powers vice president for Strategy and Business Development Mohan Guranath, his company has discussed including GAIL, Bechtel, and GE in the joint venture. As yet, only GAIL has expressed interest.

BP Global and Tata Power are likely to present a rehabilitation plan to Dabhols largest creditor, the Industrial Development Bank of India.
According to Indian Express Newspapers, in April Tata Power and BP Global unsuccessfully offered to buy up 85 percent of the company.

Tata Power is a subsidiary of Mumbai-based Tata Power Limited, itself part of the enormous Tata family of companies.

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