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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Duke's Plans for Battery Storage System Gain Momentum

LCG, April 15, 2011--Duke Energy Renewables will employ a $44 million dollar, 36-MW battery storage system to support its 153-MW, Notrees Wind Project located in west Texas. Duke's spokesperson stated that it will be the world?s largest power storage system for a wind farm after it is installed late next year.

Duke selected Xtreme Power, a manufacturer of large-scale developer of digital power systems, to design, install and operate the battery storage system. The project is funded in part by a $22 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Notrees Wind Project commenced service in April 2009. The first phase of the project is rated at 90 MW and includes 55 Vestas turbines that operate at 1.65 MWs each; the second phase is rated at 60 MW and includes forty, 1.5-MW General Electric turbines.

The Duke spokesperson stated, "In addition to supplying stored renewable energy, this battery storage system will be capable of providing other key grid services, including helping smooth out the frequency of electricity traveling throughout the power grid....One of the key intents of this energy storage project is to test and demonstrate how that added flexibility can benefit renewable-power projects throughout the country."

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will support the project team and collect data to evaluate other potential grid applications.
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