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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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Southern Announces Another Joint Development Project for New Nuclear Reactors

LCG, March 16, 2006--Southern Company (Southern) today announced that it has executed an agreement with Duke Power (Duke) to jointly pursue the development of a new nuclear power plant at a site in Cherokee County, South Carolina. Duke will be the developer and plant operator, and Southern will be a co-owner of the plant.

Duke had previously announced plans to pursue the development of a new nuclear plant, but the site had not been identified. Now Duke plans to proceed to prepare an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a combined construction and operating license (COL) for two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors to be built at the Cherokee County site. The COL is scheduled to be submitted to the NRC by early 2008.

Last week Southern announced another joint proposal with Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) whereby the two companies would jointly pursue the construction of two new nuclear reactors at TVA's Bellefonte plant site near Scottsboro, Alabama. The Bellefonte plant would also incorporate the AP1000 design, which includes a generating capacity of approximately 1,100 MW. Similarly, Southern has selected the AP1000 for two new reactors at its existing Plant Vogtle, located in Georgia.

The AP1000 reactor incorporates passive safety features that rely upon natural forces. The NRC approved the Design Certification for the AP1000 standard nuclear plant design on December 30, 2005. Since receiving NRC approval, the AP1000 is leading other reactor vendors and has also been selected by Progress Carolinas, SCANA and Santee Cooper as the basis for additional COL applications to construct new nuclear reactors.

Duke continues to evaluate the preparation of early site permit (ESP) applications for locations in Oconee County, S.C., and Davie County, North Carolina.
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