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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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State Lands Commission Blocks Southern California LNG Terminal

LCG, April 12, 2007--The California State Lands Commission blocked the development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal off the coast of Southern California earlier this week with a 2-1 vote to not approve a lease permit required for the project.

A spokesperson for the project sponsor, Australia's BHP Billiton LNG International Inc., stated that the terminal would supply an amount equal to ten to fifteen percent of California's daily gas requirements. The supplemental supply of natural gas would be received by tankers from overseas and would improve reliability and potentially lower gas prices. BHP was uncertain as to its next step, which could include pursuing legal action.

The proposed, $800 million facility would be located about fourteen miles off shore from Malibu and would have a capacity of 800 MMcf/day. The LNG would be received from tankers and vaporized at the terminal. The natural gas would be transported via two, 24-inch diameter pipelines from the terminal and delivered into the gas transmission system of Southern California Gas Co.

The lease considered by the Lands Commission would have granted BHP the right to build and operate the pipelines. Commission Chairman John Garamendi voted not to award the lease permit because "serious questions remain about the project's safety and its potential impact on the environment."

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