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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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Design of Yucca Nuclear Waste Containers Cited by Panel

LCG, Oct. 23, 2003--The Congressionally-appointed technical panel charged with monitoring plans for disposal of nuclear waste has concerns with vulnerability of storage containers that would hold waste at a repository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain.

Waste could leak from the containers given conditions within the repository, ten scientists on the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board said in a letter to the director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, Margaret Chu. "We strongly urge you to re-examine the current repository design and operation," a copy of the letter obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal stated.

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have conducted studies that predict that corrosion would most likely begin within a thousand years from the storage date, although the storage site is intended to be used for a much longer period than a millennium. The DOE intends to prevent water within the repository from corroding Alloy 22 canisters by using the heat released from the waste itself to turn it into a vapor. In the opinion of members of the review board, however, corrosion could result from the combination of air-borne moisture, salts and dust in mountain tunnels, which would collect on the canisters and eat away the surface based on the acidic properties of the mixture.

Members of the review board did not cite their findings as evidence that the possible problems could not be overcome. The findings are not entirely new, given that the board found two years ago that heat could release water within the mountain by heating surrounding rock. The Department of Energy, however, is required by law to show that its site design can prevent releases of nuclear waste into the environment for at least 10,000 years.

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