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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Ratepayers to Pay for Stranded Assets in Texas

LCG, Feb. 4, 2004--The extensive building of new power plants in Texas has rendered many older plants less profitable than they would otherwise be, but according to the state's 1999 deregulation law, the impact on utilities will be reduced through stranded asset charges on consumers' electricity bills.

The amounts of such charges will be greater than utility commissioners or lawmakers anticipated, and stem in part from the fact that little surplus power generated within the state can be exported to neighboring regions.

Stranded asset charges are essentially calculated as the difference between plants' book value and their market value, which are expected to be between $4 billion and $5 billion for CenterPoint Energy Inc., originally Houston Power & Light. This averages approximately $1,000 per customer around Houston. The charges will mean that consumers will not receive refunds as had been anticipated by the Public Utility Commission of Texas in 2001. In the case of TXU Corp., however, a 2002 settlement of $1.3 billion has limited the amounts to be paid by ratepayers for older plants.

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