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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 Mesteño 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 Defers Site Selection for New Nuclear Reactors

LCG, December 22, 2005--Duke Power yesterday announced that it has deferred the announcement of its site selection for new nuclear reactors until sometime next month. The company is preparing a combined construction and operating license (COL) application to construct two nuclear reactors. Duke Power, a business unit of Duke Energy, plans to submit the COL application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) within the next 24-30 months.

Nuclear power is just one supply option under consideration by Duke Power. The company filed plans last May 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. As an alternative to adding a new coal-fired plant at its Cliffside Steam Station, Duke identified the option of building a new nuclear reactor.

Duke plans to use Westinghouse Electric Co.'s Advanced Passive 1000 (AP1000) reactors, which are each able to generate 1,100 MW of electricity. The AP1000 design incorporates passive safety features that rely upon natural forces, such as gravity, in order to reduce reliance on active systems, such as pumps and valves.

Duke already uses Westinghouse Electric's pressurized water reactor technology, upon which the AP1000 is based, at the Duke Power-operated McGuire and Catawba nuclear stations near Charlotte, North Carolina. The site for the two new reactors will be identified after the completion of its current site selection study, which includes 14 potential sites in the Carolinas.

Duke is a participant in NuStart Energy Development, LLC, a consortium founded in 2004 to support the development of new nuclear power stations. Other participants include Exelon, Entergy, Southern Company, Constellation, Progress Energy, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Florida Power & Light, EDF International, and the two reactor vendors, GE and Westinghouse Electric. Many of these participants are pursuing the development of new nuclear reactors in the Southeast, with the combined development plans totaling more than 15,000 MW of new nuclear generation starting operations in the period from 2015 to 2017.

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