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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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Missouri PSC Approves Grain Belt Express HVDC Transmission Project

LCG, March 22, 2019--The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a request filed by Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC for a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to construct, own, operate, control, manage and maintain a high-voltage, direct-current (HVDC) transmission line to move power east from wind farms in western Kansas to load centers in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

The PSC concluded that the Grain Belt Express project would provide short- and long-term benefits to ratepayers and citizens of Missouri. Additional regulatory approval for the multi-state project is necessary prior to construction.

The estimated cost of the Grain Belt Express project is $2.3 billion. The project calls for installing a 4,000-MW, 780-mile overhead transmission line extending from the Iron Star wind farm in southwestern Kansas to parts of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

The project was proposed by Grain Belt Express Clean Line Energy Partners in 2014, and Invenergy announced plans to acquire all the development assets of the Grain Belt Express transmission project, pending appropriate regulatory approvals, in November 2018.
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