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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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NRC Announces Hearing Opportunity for License Renewal of Exelon's Byron and Braidwood Nuclear Stations

LCG, July 25, 2013--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced yesterday the opportunity to request an adjudicatory hearing on Exelon Generation Company's application to renew the operating licenses of the Byron and Braidwood nuclear power plants, which are located in Illinois. If the licenses are extended, nearly 2,700 MW of non-carbon emitting generating capacity will survive for another 20 years.

Exelon filed the application on May 29, and the NRC staff has determined the application is sufficiently complete to allow the staff to formally docket the application and commence its technical and environmental reviews.

Exelon filed the application to renew and extend the operating licenses for an additional 20 years of operation. The current operating licenses for Braidwood expire on October 17, 2026, for Unit 1 and December 18, 2027, for Unit 2; the licenses for Byron expire October 31, 2024, for Unit 1 and November 6, 2026, for Unit 2.

The Braidwood Nuclear Station, with a capacity of 2,360 MW, is Exelon's newest nuclear power plant and is located about 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The Byron Nuclear Station is located about 110 miles west of Chicago and has a net generating capacity of 2,336 MW.

Both stations include two pressurized-water reactors.

Exelon submitted a single application to cover both plants due to the similarities in the systems, structures and components of each that are analyzed in a license renewal review.

The NRC stated that requests for a hearing on the application must be filed by September 23.
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