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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PJM Operations Expand to Include Dominion

LCG, May 4, 2005--PJM Interconnection (PJM) announced that its electric grid now includes the transmission assets - over 6,000 miles of high-voltage lines in Virginia and North Carolina - of Dominion as of May 1, 2005. Although PJM will control the transmission system, Dominion will retain ownership. PJM now manages and administers the wholesale power markets covering a 13 state region, plus the District of Columbia.

The addition of Dominion is a continuation of the progress PJM made last year to enlarge its footprint. In May of last year, PJM integrated over 5,000 miles of transmission lines transferred by Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), becoming the world's largest grid operator. On October 1, 2004, PJM began managing the transmission lines of AEP and Dayton Power and Light Company, and Duquesne Light Company was added on January 1, 2005.

The integration of Dominion's system into PJM, coupled with the Midwest ISO's launching of its new, Day-Ahead and Real-Time electricity markets on April 1, are two major achievements for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) towards its objective of creating geographically large, Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) that incorporate the FERC's Standard Market Design (SMD), including centralized, security-constrained unit commitment; security-constrained economic dispatch; locational marginal pricing (LMP); and a market for financial transmission rights (FTRs).

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