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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Expansion of Cleco's Rodemacher Power Station Advances

LCG, February 9, 2006--Foster Wheeler Ltd. announced today that a U.S. subsidiary within its Global Power Group was awarded a contract for the design and supply of two circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) boilers planned for the Rodemacher Power Station, which is owned by Cleco Power, the utility subsidiary of Cleco Corp. The construction of the boilers is scheduled to start this spring, and the project is scheduled to commence commercial operations in July 2009.

Cleco announced plans to build a new, coal-fired power plant in July 2005, with the primary site being the existing Rodemacher Power Station near Boyce, Louisiana. Cleco filed plans has for the project with the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC).

The electric generating capacity of the proposed plant expansion has increased slightly from 600 MW to 660 MW. The boilers are designed to burn a wide range of solid fuels and to deliver steam to a single, 660-MW, reheat turbine. The plant, estimated to cost approximately $1 billion, could be fueled by western coal from the Powder River Basin, lignite from the state of Louisiana, and petroleum coke, which is a waste byproduct of crude oil refinement.

The new, coal-fired plant is part of Cleco's strategy to reduce reliance on generation fueled by natural gas. Seventy percent of the electricity Cleco currently generates is derived from plants fueled by natural gas, and Cleco estimates it may save customers more than $4 billion over 30 years.

The existing Rodemacher Power Station includes two units with a total capacity of 963 MW. Unit 1, with a capacity of 440 MW, is owned by Cleco Power and is fueled by natural gas and low-sulfur fuel oil. The initial start-up of Unit 1 was in 1975. Unit 2, completed in 1982, is jointly owned by Cleco Power, Louisiana Electric Power Association and Lafayette Utilities System. Unit 2 has a capacity of 523 MW and is fueled primarily by coal from the Powder River Basin.

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