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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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Former Executive Involved in Project Alpha at Dynegy Sentenced

LCG, Mar. 29, 2004--Jamie Olis, a former executive and tax-planning specialist at Dynegy Inc., was sentenced to prison for more than 24 years by a federal judge in district court in Houston last week.

Olis, 38, decided to plead not guilty to charges stemming from his role in setting up Project Alpha, which characterized a loan as cash flow. Project Alpha was said to make the company's financial condition appear better than it actually was. The sentence was based on recently imposed sentencing guidelines for business crimes. Under the earlier guidelines, Olis' conviction might have resulted in a seven-year sentence.

Prosecutors contended that Project Alpha should be considered for its impact on Dynegy shareholders, who experienced investment losses when the nature of the accounting scheme was revealed. Two others who took part in the accounting treatment, including Gene S. Foster, Olis' former boss, and Helen C. Sharkey, a former specialist in risk-assessment, submitted guilty pleas and are likely to receive sentences of less than five years. Mr. Olis' lawyer, David Gerger, was quoted in the New York Times as saying, "The government is on a witch hunt, and today the witch hunt netted a very small fish."
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