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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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NuStart Announces Top Sites Selected to Build New Nuclear Units

LCG, May 20, 2005-- NuStart Energy Development, LLC yesterday announced its six top sites for constructing new nuclear reactors. Following further review, including discussions with state and local agencies, NuStart will select two finalists in October of this year. NuStart will then prepare applications to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a combined construction and operating license (COL). One application will be for a General Electric (GE) Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor and one application will be for a Westinghouse Advanced Passive 1000 reactor.

The six finalists sites are: Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, Alabama, owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, Mississippi, owned by Entergy Nuclear; River Bend Nuclear Station, Louisiana, owned by Entergy Nuclear; Savannah River Site, South Carolina, a Department of Energy facility; Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Maryland, owned by Constellation Energy; and Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, New York, owned by Constellation Energy.

NuStart was founded in 2004 and includes Exelon, Entergy, Southern Company, Constellation, Duke Energy, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Florida Power & Light, Progress Energy, EDF International, and the two reactor vendors, GE and Westinghouse Electric.

Earlier this week, Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman outlined plans designed to reduce nuclear project risks in order to alleviate investor concerns regarding project delays. The Energy Department plan would create a $3 billion insurance pool to protect investors with respect to interest, operating, maintenance and construction costs caused by regulatory delays. The insurance would apply to each of the first two plants built using the new Westinghouse design and the new General Electric design. Insurance premiums would be waived for orders placed before 2009.

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