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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Georgia Power Announces Plans to Satisfy Future Electric Supply Resource Needs

LCG, April 6, 2007--Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, announced yesterday that it plans to file a request for certification of three power supply contracts that total nearly 1,800 MW commencing June 1, 2010 with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) on April 17.

The request is based upon an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) previously filed by Georgia Power with the PSC and a subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP) issued for new resources. According to Georgia Power, there were 26 proposals from eight different companies totaling more than 10,000 MW of generation.

The three contracts selected to meet the resource needs in 2010 total about 1,795 MW of capacity. All three of the contracts are associated with existing, gas-fired facilities in Georgia; thus no new electric generating capacity will be provided to meet the growing demands of customers in Georgia.

According to Georgia Power, two of the contracts will be with Southern Power, another subsidiary of Southern Company. The Southern Power facilities are Plant Dahlberg, a combustion turbine facility in Jackson County, and Plant Wansley, a combined cycle facility in Heard County. The power purchase agreement (PPA) associated with Plant Dahlberg is for fifteen years to provide a total of 292 MW of capacity and associated energy, and the PPA associated with Plant Wansley is for seven years to provide a total of 561 MW of capacity and associated energy.

The third contract is associated with the Tenaska plant, a combustion turbine facility in Heard County. This facility is owned by Tenaska Georgia Partners, L.P. and the entire plant output is currently contracted by Exelon Generation Company, LLC. Georgia Power will request certification of a PPA with Exelon that includes a fifteen year term, with a
a near-term five year option for extension, that provides a total of 942 MW of capacity and associated energy.

Georgia Power is also building new generation facilities to meet the future electric demands of its customers. Last November, Georgia Power announced its plan to replace its coal-fueled, 580-MW Plant Jack McDonough, located near Atlanta, Georgia, with an 800-MW, natural gas-fired unit. The replacement with combined-cycle units would substitute relatively clean-burning natural gas for coal and avoid the substantial additional investment by Georgia Power in new emission control equipment for the aging coal-fired units at the site.

Georgia Power previously proposed adding two other gas-fired units at the site. In total, 2,400 MW of gas-fired capacity is planned at the site. Assuming timely approval of the proposed new generating facilities, Georgia Power expects construction to begin in 2008 and the new units to commence operations in late 2010, with the entire project complete by 2012.

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