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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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Duke Starts Emission Control Upgrade Project at Belews Creek Steam Station

LCG, May 25, 2005--Duke Power Company, the regulated utility owned by Duke Energy Corp., initiated construction last week to add scrubbers that will reduce sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions at its Belews Creek Steam Station. The station is the largest coal-fired power plant in North Carolina and one of the ten largest coal plants in the country.

Duke is scheduled to complete the flue gas desulfurization (FGD) project, with an estimated cost of $500 million, in 2008. The new equipment is expected to reduce SO2 emissions by up to 95 percent, with significant reductions in mercury emissions as well. Early last year, Duke completed the installation of a $450 million project at Belews Creek designed to reduce nitrogen-oxide (NOx) emissions by as much as 85 percent.

In addition to upgrading existing plants, Duke Power is active in planning new capacity. Earlier this month, Duke Power filed plans with the North Carolina Utilities Commission regarding the potential addition of 2,200 MW of generating capacity adjacent to three existing power plants, with total costs of more than $2.3 billion.

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