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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FPL Announces Plans for New Coal Plant in Florida

LCG, September 13, 2006--Florida Power and Light (FPL) announced yesterday its plans to construct the Glades Power Park, a coal-fired electric generating facility to be sited in Glade County, Florida. The proposed plant would consist of two units, each with a capacity of 980-MW. To achieve an efficient system with low emissions, FPL proposes to use an ultra-supercritical design, together with advanced emission controls. The schedule calls for a five-year construction period, with Unit 1 operational in 2012 and Unit 2 in 2013.

FPL must clear a number of hurdles with the project. According to FPL, it will file a site certification application with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection by the end of 2006. The process will include a review by the Florida Public Service Commission, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the South Florida Water Management District, and a number of local, regional and state agencies. In addition, federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review the project.

The project is currently building momentum. On August 29, the Florida Public Service Commission demonstrated its desire to enhance fuel diversity by supporting the development of new coal-fired generating facilities in Florida and by granting FPL a conditional exemption from certain administrative rules governing new power plant development. Furthermore, Glade County commissioners unanimously approved FPL's plans yesterday.

This forward progress is in contrast to FPL's previous plans to build a coal plant in St. Lucie County, where the County Commission unanimously voted last November to block the development of a new, 1,700-MW coal plant by FPL. The opposition from local officials and citizens was largely tied to perceived environmental impacts associated with burning coal, rather than the construction and operation of a new power plant.
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