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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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New York PSC Directs RG&E to Contract for Power from R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant

LCG, November 17, 2014-The New York Public Service (PSC) ordered Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) to negotiate a power purchase agreement (PPA) for electricity generated from the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant, which is owned by Constellation Nuclear Energy Group, a subsidiary of Chicago-based Exelon.

Constellation had petitioned for assistance from the PSC, stating that it had lost $100 million over the last three years and that it has forecast revenue shortfalls after the contract with RG&E expired at the end of last June. Exelon stated to the PSC, "Projected market revenues are insufficient to support the Ginna facility's continued operation."

Under the expired contract, RG&E purchased 90 percent of the power generated from the 581-MW nuclear power plant. After the expiration, Constellation has to accept competitive market prices. With relatively low natural gas prices and low market prices for electricity, the non-carbon emitting nuclear facility could be uneconomic to run, which could then lead to the closure of the facility. Based on a study released last month, closure of the base load, 44-year old nuclear facility, located 22 miles northeast of Rochester, could increase grid reliability risks.

The PSC stated that, with its order, it is acting to protect grid. The Chair of the PSC would like to develop a solution to maintain grid reliability until an alternative can be implemented.

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