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 Defers Decision Point for Duke's Proposed Lee Nuclear Station

LCG, July 31, 2013--The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) stated that it will not make a decision on Duke Energy's combined construction and operating license (COL) application for two nuclear units in South Carolina until 2016 due to federal budget cuts and Duke's decision late last year to change the location of the reactors by approximately 66 feet. The new schedule delays the NRC decisions by approximately three years.

In February 2008, Duke received notification from the NRC that the COL application to install two Westinghouse AP1000 (advanced passive) reactors at the Lee Nuclear Station that was submitted in December 2007 was accepted and docketed.

The NRC stated yesterday that the final hearing on the COL application is now expected to be held in April 2016, a delay from the previous target of March 2013.

Another factor driving the delay is a federal court decision that prevents the NRC from issuing new reactor licenses until its waste confidence rule is revised, which is anticipated to occur in September 2014.

Duke has not made a final decision to build the Lee Nuclear Station, but is proceeding with the COL application process to maintain the option to construct the reactors to meet future needs. Duke's proposal is relatively unique for the United States in that Duke plans to build the reactors at a greenfield site, rather than to add capacity at an existing nuclear power station. The greenfield site is located in Cherokee County, South Carolina.
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