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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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Arizona Corporation Commission Rejects Utilities' Integrated Resource Plans

LCG, March 22, 2018--The Arizona Corporation Commission last week rejected the Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) filed by Tucson Electric Power Co. (TEP), sister utility UniSource Energy Services (UNS) and Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) and has ordered them to develop plans that reduce their dependence upon natural gas and new, gas-fired power plants. The Commission prefers greater reliance on renewable energy and storage.

The Commissioners voted 3-2 to reject the resource plans. However, the Commission unanimously approved the final order to reject the plans. The Commission did not accept a Commission Staff recommendation to approve that the resource plans. The Commission placed a moratorium through 2018 on the purchase of any natural-gas power plant with a generating capacity greater than or equal to 150 MW. Furthermore, the Commission approved a new process to revamp the rules.

The three electric utilities are required to file IRPs every two years. The IRPs include 15-year forecasts of energy demand and supply resources to meet that load, including a three-year action plan.

The Commission adopted a new proposal that requires the utilities to prepare IRPs that include at least one supply portfolio where the addition of fossil fuel resources does not exceed 20 percent of all resource additions. Furthermore, a proposal was supported to add scenarios including a least one gigawatt of energy-storage capacity, and at least 50 percent "clean energy resources," including biomass energy and energy efficiency measures.

An APS spokesperson stated, "Our plan keeps Arizona on course for a cleaner energy future, so we respectfully disagree with the Commission's decision not to acknowledge any IRPs (integrated resource plans) even after Commission Staff determined they were complete and responsive to the filing requirements. We all agree on the goal of cleaner energy, and this decision doesn't change that - or how we will meet our customers' energy needs in the near-term."
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