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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Investment Banks Entering into More Energy Trading

LCG, June 3, 2004--Electricity, oil and natural gas are appearing on the balance sheets of an increasing number of New York-based investment banks, as they try to help clients overcome weakened credit ratings as well as profit from volatility in the prices of those commodities.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Citigroup Inc. has added oil specialists to its ranks, while Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley have signed contracts that they are backing up with acquisitions of fuels and electricity. They are trading on the commodities, and making markets for industries with large fuel consumption, such as airlines, as well as for speculative traders such as hedge funds.

TXU Corp. has entered into a joint venture with Credit Suisse First Boston, which has a stronger credit rating, to trade natural gas and electric power. Such partnerships may increase in number as investment banks seek to enter businesses different from their traditional roles, and energy companies recover from their aggressive capital outlays to build power plants a few years ago.
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