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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Salt River Project Efforts to Restart Mohave Generating Station Stall

LCG, February 8, 2007--The Salt River Project (SRP) announced Tuesday that it has concluded that it will be unable to upgrade and restart the coal-fired Mohave Generating Station near Laughlin, Nevada. Negotiations with Southern California Edison, the majority owner and operator of the facility have ceased. SRP stated that it was unable to adequately address its need for timely regulatory approvals to restart the plant by 2011.

The Mohave Generating Station, with an electric generating capacity of 1,580-MW, was closed at the end of 2005, when the 35-year operating permit expired. To reopen the plant, investments expected to cost $1.1 billion are necessary for a variety of improvements, including the installation of pollution control equipment required under a 1999 consent decree. Other issues include obtaining water supplies from the Hopi and Navajo tribes.

The current owners of the facility are Southern California Edison (SCE), SRP, Nevada Power Company, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and their respective ownership percentages are: 56, 20, 14 and 10 percent. In June 2006 SCE, Nevada Power Company and LADWP all stated that they would not participate in reopening the power plant. SRP then announced in September that it was seeking new partners to rebuild the facility and that it planned to have a final environmental impact statement by the summer of 2007.

The State of California's position to reduce carbon emissions and limit the use of electricity generated by coal-fired plants is clearly at odds with the California utilities importing power from the Mohave Generating Station. SCE stated that it would continue to explore options, including the sale or decommissioning of the facility.

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