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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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Ontario Government Steps Forward with Electric Supply Plan

LCG, June 14, 2006--The Ontario Ministry of Energy announced yesterday that it has directed the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to proceed with its recommended long-term electric supply plan, along with some revisions. Key elements of the plan include the expansion of nuclear capacity and the deferral of coal-fired plant closures that had been previously planned.

The Ontario Ministry of Energy directed Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to develop both feasibility studies to refurbish existing nuclear units at the Pickering and Darlington sites and an environmental assessment for the construction of new nuclear units at an existing nuclear facility. According to the Ministry, nuclear power is expected to remain as the largest supply serving Ontario's electricity needs in 2025.

The planned closure of coal-fired generation has been deferred by the government in order to maintain electric system reliability. The Ontario government had previously committed to close nearly 7,600 MW of coal-fired, generating capacity by the end of 2007 in order to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some plant closures have occurred. The coal-fired Lakeview Generating Station, with a capacity of 1,140 MW, was shutdown in April 2005.

Other government directives include doubling the use of renewable energy by 2025 and increasing conservation efforts, with a goal to reduce electricity demand by 6,300 MW by 2025.
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