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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Allegheny Asks Permission for Special Borrowing

LCG, July 22, 2003--With its debt already relatively high compared to equity, Allegheny Energy Inc. is seeking to issue new notes that would be backed by regulated utility units, a move that may meet with resistance from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The $2 billion worth of borrowing by the holding company would be used to sustain the unregulated arm of the company. The requirement regarding capital structure for a company owning utilities under the 1935 Public Utility Holding Company Act is to have at least 28% equity in order to issue securities, whereas in Allegheny's case it stands at 20%. The consequences if the request is not granted could be to undermine the utilities Potomac Edison Co. and West Penn Power, according to the public utilities commissions of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Those commissions have expressed their support of the SEC granting the request.

The Wall Street Journal quoted analyst Craig Shere, with Standard & Poor's, as saying that regulators have taken part in a "backlash" against increasing debt on the part of utilities due to fallout from deregulation. Allegheny owns utilities in Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania, and may sell more assets such as trading contracts according to its cash flow situation.
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