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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FERC Will Not Hear California Settlement Complaints

LCG, Oct. 22, 2003--There is no basis for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's consideration of objections to the terms of settlements relating to alleged market manipulation in California in 2000-2001, the agency has said.

The conclusion was justified by commissioners' contention that the matters that had led to settlements were investigations, and that parties outside the investigations, such as California officials or representatives of energy purchasers, were not qualified to instigate a review process. The agency said that any opinions it had previously issued that had indicated otherwise were being rescinded.

William Massey, the single Democrat among the Commissioners, objected to the announcement, and said that evidence in the investigations had come from those who were not being allowed to raise objections.

The issue of what California has claimed are $9 billion worth of refunds is being treated in a separate proceeding. The refunds that should ultimately be paid based on FERC's analysis are still being determined. Final determination can only be made once computer models used in the analysis have been finished. The expected date for the calculations is in the spring.
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