Duke Energy Renewables Announces Commercial Operations Achieved for 150-MW Solar Project

LCG, June 20, 2019--Duke Energy Renewables, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, yesterday announced that its 150-MW North Rosamond solar project in Kern County, California, has commenced commercial operation. The power produced from the project is being sold to Southern California Edison (SCE) under a 15-year agreement.

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ERCOT 2019 Summer Quarter Outlook

LCG, May 29, 2019-- LCG released a new summer (June – September 2019) report that looks at how the ERCOT grid copes with strained network conditions. Resource adequacy analysis for the region is especially important during extreme summer loading conditions. This summer the network is under particular scrutiny as the reserves have tightened because of recent retirements.

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Industry News

Florida PSC Approves Agreement for New Biomass Plant in Florida

LCG, August 17, 2006--The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) approved on Tuesday a petition for Progress Energy Florida (Progress) to buy energy produced by the Florida Biomass Energy Group, LLC (Florida Biomass) at a proposed 116-MW biomass plant located near Lake Okeechobee. The plant is scheduled to commence operations no later than December 2009.

The Florida PSC recently certified Florida Biomass as a qualifying facility (QF) based on the exclusive use of renewable energy, after start-up, for the proposed electric generation.

The renewable fuel for the proposed plant is a bamboo-like grass known as E-grass. The energy crop would be harvested at the 15,000 acre site and processed into a liquid fuel using a pyrolysis process. The plant will use combustion turbine-combined cycle technology, and the thermal fuel input will include combustible exhaust gases from the pyrolysis process.

When the negotiated contract was compared to a gas-fired, combined cycle alternative, Progress estimated the capacity and energy payments over the 25-year term of the negotiated contract would produce a savings of $39 million net present value to Progress's ratepayers. The majority of such savings are based on fuel costs.

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