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Smithfield's Tar Heel NC RNG Facility Now Online (Ind Report)
Duke Energy,Smithfield Foods, OpyimaBio
Date: 2020-01-15
In the Old Dominion State, Smithfield Foods Inc., in partnership with Duke Energy and OptimaBio LLC, reports it is now producing renewable natural gas (RNG) from the wastewater treatment system at its Tar Heel, N.C. pork processing facility.

The $14 million project produces approximately 140,000 dekatherms of RNG per year. The company also has "wastewater-to-energy" projects at its plants in Milan, Missouri; Grayson, Kentucky; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (Source: Smithfield Foods,, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: Smithfield Foods, Ken Sullivan, Pres, CEO, Lisa Martin, (757) 365-1980, lvmartin@smithfield.com; Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres., www.duke-energy.com; OptimaBio, LLC, Mark Maloney, CEO, www.pig.energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Methane,  OptmaBio,  Smithfield Foods,  Duke Energy,  RNG,  Manure-to-Fuel,  


N.Carolina Hog Waste-to-Biofuel Project In Production (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy,Smithfield Foods, OpyimaBio
Date: 2020-01-10
Smithfield Foods, OptimaBio LLC and Duke Energy North Carolina are reporting biofuel production at their $14 million hog waste-to-biofuel project at Smithfield's Tar Heel pork processing plant in North Carolina is now underway. The project can produce up to 140,000 dekatherms per year of renewable natural gas (RNG).

The Tar Heel project utilizes a gas upgrading and injection system operated by OptimaBio, LLC, a bioenergy project developer, which leverages the facility's 3 million gpd wastewater treatment system to collect and clean biogas through an existing on-site anaerobic digester and convert it into RNG.

Smithfield operates similar hog wastewater-to-energy projects at its Milan, Mo.; Grayson, Ky.; and Sioux Falls, S.D. facilities, which are used to power their modified steam boilers. (Source: Duke Energy, Smithfield Foods, Power Eng., Jan., 2020) Contact: Smithfield Foods, Ken Sullivan, Pres, CEO, Lisa Martin, (757) 365-1980, lvmartin@smithfield.com; Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres., www.duke-energy.com; OptimaBio, LLC, Mark Maloney, CEO, www.pig.energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Methane,  OptmaBio,  Smithfield Foods,  Duke Energy,  RNG,  Manure-to-Fuel,  


Duke's Mesteno Windpower Project in Texas Now On Line (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy Renewables
Date: 2020-01-08
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, reports its 200-MW) Mesteno Windpower project in Starr County, Texas began commercial operation on Dec. 31, 2019. It is Duke Energy's fourth wind generation facility in Starr County and its eleventh in Texas.

The project's output will be sold into the ERCOT market and Duke Energy Renewables has entered into a long-term hedge agreement covering the majority of the expected wind energy production. The 200-MW Mesteño wind facility will generate sufficient power for about 60,000 average homes.

Duke Energy Renewables, a non-regulated unit of Duke Energy, operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., with a total electric capacity of 3,000 MW. Duke Renewables also operates energy storage and microgrid projects. (Source: Duke Energy News Center, 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres., www.duke-energy.com/renewable

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Renewables,  Wind,  


Dominion Investing in Pittsylvania Va. Solar Farm (M&A, Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy,Open Road Renewables.
Date: 2019-11-04
In the Old Dominion State, Duke Energy is reporting plans to invest roughly $330 million in two Pittsylvania County renewable energy projects.

Of the total, $200 million is earmarked for a 500 mw combustion turbine power plant at the Southern Virginia Megasite at Berry Hill, in Pittsylvania County. The power plant is slated for completion and startup by April 2022.

A second investment of approximately $130 million is targeted for the 120 mw Maplewood Solar project northwest of Chatham. Dominion purchased the Maplewood Solar project from Austin, Texas-based Open Road Renewables which had obtained the necessary special use permit from Pittsylvania County zoning, but still requires Virginia Department of Environmental Quality approval. (Source: Dominion Energy, Danville Register & Bee , 3 Nov., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Keith Windle, VP Business Development, www.dominionenergy.com; Open Road Renewables, 512-524-1195, www.openroadrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Open Road Renewables.Solar,  


Duke Plans Its First Battery Energy Storage in SC (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2019-10-16
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy reports it is planning a 5-megawatt/5-megawatt-hour battery energy storage project to support the Anderson Civic Center in Anderson, South Carolina. The battery capacity should keep the center running for 30 hours without grid power, based on typical consumption, the utility said.

Subject to regulatory approval, the battery installation could be online in early 2021. The project, which is subject to regulatory approval, is in accord with Duke's recently released 15-year resource plan. (Source: Duke Energy, gtm, 14 Oct., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres., www.dukeenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Energy Storage,  Duke Energy,  


Duke Energy, Sprint Ink Texas Wind Project VPPA (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy,Sprint
Date: 2019-09-20
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy Renewables is reporting plans to construct and own a 182 MW wind farm in Nolan County, Texas after signing a 12-year virtual power purchase agreement with communications giant Sprint for the majority of the wind farm's power production. most of the power produced by the project.

Construction on the Maryneal Windpower project -- Duke Energy Renewables' eighth announced this year -- in is expected to get underway in early 2020 for commercial production starting by year-end 2020. (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, PR, Seeking Alpha, 18 Sept., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Renewables,  Wind,  


Duke NC Expands Green Source Advantage Offerings (Ind Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2019-09-16
In Charlotte, the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) is reported to have approved Duke Energy's Green Source Advantage (GSA) program enabling the company to expand renewable energy options for customers.

The GSA program give large energy users flexibility in selecting and negotiating all contract prices and terms directly with a renewable supplier of their choice, including the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated by that renewable facility. The GSA program will be available until the total capacity of 600 MW is fully subscribed. Of this 600-MW capacity, 100 MW will be set aside for military installations and 250 MW set aside for University of North Carolina institutions, according to North Carolina's Competitive Energy Solutions legislation. The remaining 250 MW will be reserved for large nonresidential customers -- 160 MW for Duke Energy Carolinas and 90 MW for Duke Energy Progress. Facilities that are used for the GSA program will be owned and operated by eligible renewable energy developers.

Duke Energy's $62 million solar rebate program for residential, commercial and nonprofit customers in North Carolina has helped 3,000 customers go solar in its first two years. Duke Energy will continue offering these rebates over the next three years. In 2018, Duke Energy launched a competitive bidding process for new solar capacity and connected over 500 MW of new solar capacity. To date in 2019, Duke Energy has contracted for more than 600 MW of new solar capacity. The company also offers a solar leasing program. (Source: Duke Energy North Carolina, , PRN, 15 Sept., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres., www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy North Carolina,  ,  Solar,  Renewable Energy Rebates,  


Insurer Takes Interest in Duke Energy Renewables Portfolio (M&A)
Duke Energy Renewables
Date: 2019-09-09
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy is reporting the closure of its previously announced sale of a minority interest in a portion of its commercial renewable energy portfolio owned and operated by its affiliate, Duke Energy Renewables, to the John Hancock Infrastructure Fund -- part of Manulife Investment Management and John Hancock Life Insurance Company. (Source: Duke Energy PR, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  


Duke, SolAmerica Commission Nine Georgia Solar Plants (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy,SolAmerica
Date: 2019-08-28
Duke Energy Renewables is reporting commissioning of 9 Georgia solar power plants totaling 14.1 MW under a partnership with Atlanta-based SolAmerica Energy. The nine projects, which range from 960 kW and 2.3 MW, were developed under an engineering, production and procurement (EPC) agreement between REC Solar, a unit of Duke Energy Renewables, and SolAmerica. The complex's 54,590 photovoltaic (PV) panels will generate electricity and renewable attributes that will be sold under a 35-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Georgia Power, as part of the latter's Renewable Energy Development Initiative. (Source: Duke Energy, Renewables, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: Solamerica Energy, 404-351-8175, www.solamericaenergy.com; Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Renewables,  Solar,  


Atlantic Power Takes Ownership Interest in Biomass Plants (M&A)
Atlantic Power,Fortistar,CMS Energy
Date: 2019-08-16
In the Bay State, Dedham-based independent power producer Atlantic Power Corporation reports completion of its $20 million acquisition of the equity ownership interests held by AltaGas Power Holdings in Craven County Wood Energy in North Carolina and the Grayling Generating Station contracted biomass plants in Michigan.

The 48 MW Craven County Wood Energy facility has been in service since October 1990 . Atlantic Power acquired a 50 pct interest from AltaGas with the remaining 50 pct held by CMS Energy. Craven County burns wood waste, wood chips, poultry litter, forestry residues, mill waste, bark and sawdust, and has PPA with Duke Energy Carolinas.

In Michigan, the 37 MW Grayling Generating Station has been in service since June 1992 . Atlantic Power acquired a 30 pct interest from AltaGas , leaving Fortistar with 20 pct and CMS Energy with 50 pct. Grayling has a PPA with Consumers Energy. The plant burns wood waste from local mills, forestry residues, mill waste and bark. Both plants are operated by an affiliate of CMS Energy. (Source: Atlantic Power Corp., CNW Group, 14 Aug., 2019) Contact: Atlantic Power Corporation, (617) 977-2700, info@atlanticpower.com, www.atlanticpower.com; , Mark Comora, CEO, (914) 421-4937, MComora@fortistar.com, www.fortistar.com; CMS Energy, www.cmsenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortistar,  Atlantic Power,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  CMS Energy,  


Duke Renewables' Largest Solar Project Now Online (Ind Report)
Duke Energy Renewables
Date: 2019-06-28
Duke Energy subsidiary Duke Energy Renewables reports its 150-MW North Rosamond solar project in Kern County, California, has begun commercial operation. The 1188 acre, 477,000 panel solar farm will generate sufficient power for 71,000 homes and is the largest in Duke Energy Renewables' fleet.

Electric power generated from the North Rosamond solar project is being sold to Southern California Edison (SCE) under a 15-year PPA. The facility was designed and completed by First Solar Electric California's engineering, procurement and construction subsidiary under a fixed-price EPC agreement. (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, T&D World, 26 June, 2019) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Renewables,  


REC Solar to Save Calif. School District Millions (Ind. Report)
REC Solar, Duke Energy Renewables
Date: 2019-06-21
In the Golden State, Duke Energy Renewables subsidiary REC Solar reports it is working with the Pleasanton Unified School District in Pleasanton, Calif., to utilize solar-plus-energy storage solutions to significantly cut emissions and save on energy costs.

The project will install 1 MW of solar carports and a 660 kWh battery energy storage system at Pleasanton Unified's Amador Valley High School for a $2.2 million projected energy costs savings over the term of a 25-year PPA. The installation will be financed by Duke Energy Renewables.

Duke Energy Renewables operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., with a total electric capacity of 3,000 MW. (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, PR, 18 June, 2019) Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; REC Solar, Matt Walz, CEO, 805.471.0085, www.recsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News REC Solar,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Duke Energy Renewables,  


Illinois Gov. Inks Carbon Storage Pilot Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
Wabash Valley Resources
Date: 2019-05-10
This week in Indianapolis, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb approved legislation allowing Wabash Valley Resources LLC to open a $450 million pilot project to produce anhydrous ammonia and store up to 50 million metric tons of CO2 at the former SG Solutions plant adjacent to Duke Energy's Wabash River Generating Station.

The project is subject to US EPA approval. (Source: News & Tribune, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Wabash Valley Resources LLC, (929) 400-5230, www.wvresc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Storage,  CO2,  


NC Solar Power Production Jumps 36 pct in 2018 (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2019-03-20
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) latest data, North Carolina's annual solar power production jumped 36 pct in 2018, firmly placing the Tar Heel State as the nation's 2nd larget solar power producer behind California. By way of comparison, California's annual solar production rose 15 pct and Arizona's and Nevada's outputs each grew 10 pct in 2018. (Source: US EIA, Duke Energy, Compelo, 18 Mar., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres., www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Duke Energy North Carolina,  


Duke Energy, Florida A&M Ink Solar Plant Lease (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2019-03-13
In Tallahassee, Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees reports approval of a 25-year lease agreement with Duke Energy Florida (DEF) for construction of a solar facility at the school's Brooksville Agricultural and Environmental Research Station (BAERS) in central Florida.

Duke Energy's Rattler Solar Power Plant could add 74.9 MW of power to the grid at BAERS and help further the development and research of solar technologies, plant operations and workforce expansion.

The 600-800 acre facility would incorporate 270,000 tracking solar panels and generate sufficient electric power for approximately 23,000 average-sized homes at peak production. (Source: Florida A&M University, PR Mar., 2019) Contact: Florida A&M University, (850) 599-3000, www.famu.edu; Duke Energy Florida, Catherine Stempien,Pres., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Energy_Florida

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Solar,  Duke Energy Florida,  


CIP's Mitchell Solar Portfolio Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2019-02-15
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) reports construction is underway on the Mitchell portfolio of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in North Carolina on behalf of the Copenhagen Infrastructure II (CI II) fund.

The project portfolio is geographically diversified across the state and will be implemented in multiple phases over the coming years starting with five projects. Mitchell represents CIP's first investment into Southeastern United States.

The first phase of Mitchell consists of five utility-scale solar PV projects totaling 23 MWAC. First Solar, Inc. will supply solar modules and provide ongoing operation and maintenance services. The projects, which will generate sufficient electric power roughly 5,000 homes, are slated to begin commercial operation in Q3 and have long-term PPAs with Duke Energy. The projects in the next phases of the Mitchell portfolio are expected to start construction later in 2019 to 2020. The Mitchell solar PV project portfolio is part of CIP's approximately 1.1 GWAC US solar PV portfolio. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, 8 Feb., 2019) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen +45 70 70 51 51 cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Solar,  PV,  


FP&L Planning Major Solar Energy Expansion by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Florida Power & Light
Date: 2019-01-18
Further to our August 1st coverage, Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light (FP&L) reports it plans to decommission its last coal power production plant -- the Indiantown Cogeneration facility -- and expand its solar-energy capacity and battery energy storage technology statewide with the installation of more than 30 million solar panels by 2030. The utility presently has about 5 million solar panels installed at 18 solar power plants.

Florida's other utilities, including Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric Co. and Gulf Power, have also recently begun large-scale solar energy projects. (Source: FPL, Panama City News Herald, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: Florida Power & Light, Eric Silagy, Pres., CEO, www.fpl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Florida Power & Light ,  Solar,  


Duke Touts N. Carolina Solar Rebate Program Success (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2019-01-11
Duke Energy North Carolina is reporting its $62 million rebate program in North Carolina is driving both residential and commercial solar adoption statewide.

Duke Energy claimed 5,000 rooftop solar customers in Jan, 2019, but now has approximately 9,000. Since January 2, 2019, the company's solar rebate program has received more than 2,000 applications.

The rebate program helps customers with the upfront costs of installing on-site solar. With the program, nonresidential customers are eligible for a rebate of 50 cents per watt. Church, scholl, and other Nonprofit customers are eligible for 75 cents per watt for systems of 100 kW or less. Installed systems 100 kW or greater are eligible for a maximum rebate of $50,000 for nonresidential customers, or $75,000 for nonprofit customers. Customers also have a solar leasing option. (Source: Duke Energy, Energy Manager, Jan., 2019)Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; Rebate details www.duke-energy.com/home/products/renewable-energy/nc-solar-rebates

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Solar,  Solar Rebatesa,  


75-MW Duke Energy Florida Solar Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy Florida
Date: 2019-01-11
In the Sunshine State, Duke Energy Florida reports its 74.9-MW Hamilton Solar Power Plant is now in operation and providing electric power to approximately 20,000 area 20,000 homes. The project was originally developed by Kansas-based Tradewind Energy and was completed by Duke Energy.

Duke Energy Florida plans to acquire or install 700 MW of solar energy in the state through 2022. The utility presently has about 300,000 solar panels in operation totaling 100 MW across its territory. (Source: Duke Energy Florida, PR, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy Florida, Catherine Stempien,Pres., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Energy_Florida; Tradewind Energy, Justin McGeeney, (913) 888-9463, www.tradewindenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tradewind Energy ,  Duke Energy Florida,  Solar,  


Duke's 2018 Solar Rebates Total $10Mn (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-12-19
Duke Energy says it expects rebates for rooftop solar panels in North Carolina to total about $10 million this year. Applications for the second year of the five-year program will be available beginning Jan. 2. Duke will hand out a total of $62 million in solar rebates over the five years under the program required by a 2017 state law. Homeowners can get up to $6,000 in rebates, businesses up to $50,000 and nonprofits up to $75,000.

The $10 million in rebates for 2018 includes about $6 million paid to 1,300 property owners, plus money still to be paid for systems installed this year. About 96 pct of the rebates were paid to homeowners to cover approximately one-third of the cost of a typical solar installation, according to the Duke press release.

Access information on the Duke Solar Rebate program HERE. (Source: Duke Energy, NPR, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Solar,  Solar Rebates,  


Long Island's Second Iargest Solar Array Online (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy,PSEG,Invenergy
Date: 2018-12-10
Duke Energy subsidiary PSEG is reporting the official launch of the 150-acre, 24.9-MW Shoreham Solar Commons solar array in Shoreham, New York.

Shoreham Solar Commons was developed by Invenergy and sold to Duke in 2017. The project generates sufficient energy for 3,500 homes while costing ratepayers about $177 million during its 20-year contract with LIPA. The project has been producing power since July.

Duke Energy Renewables presently has wind and solar projects in 22 states amounting to about 3,000 MW. MW. (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, PSEG, NewsDay, 9 Dec., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Jim Parmalee, Dir. Power Resources, Chris Fallon, VP Renewables, www.duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com/renewable; Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager for Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Solar,  Duke Energy Renewables,  ,  PSEG,  


Duke Carolinas Completes $1Bn Green Bond Issuance (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy Carolinas
Date: 2018-11-12
Charlotte-headquartered Duke Energy Carolinas is reporting completion of an historic $1 billion Green Bond issuance to finance renewable projects in North and South Carolina. Duke's green bonds have a weighted average coupon of 3.74 pct with between three and 10-year maturities, according to the Duke release.

Duke is retiring its coal-fired plants, increasing nuclear generation capacity, and has added close to 650 MW of built or purchased solar energy and plans to add another 1,800 MW of new-build and purchased solar capacity over the next five years. (Source: Duke Carolinas, Electric Light & Power, Charlotte Business Journal, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, David Fountain, North Carolina Pres., Chris Fallon, VP Renewables, Steve Young, Exec. VP CFO, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Carolinas,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  


Shaw AFB, Duke Energy Partner on Residential Solar (Ind. Report)
-Hunt Southern Group
Date: 2018-10-26
Hunt Southern Group, a Hunt Military Community, in tandem with its military partner, Shaw Air Force Base in Shaw, South Carolina, is reports a collaboration with Duke Energy and Hunt affiliate, Hunt Alternative Energy Investments, for the installation of 5,865 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on 284 homes at the Shaw AFB. The installations are expected to offset approximately 40 pct -- 2.4 million kWh -- of the base's total annual electric power consumption.

Hunt's Military Communities division is a 50-year partnership created between the Department of Defense and Hunt through the Military Housing Privatization Act. As part of the partnership, Hunt owns approximately 52,000 units spread across more than 40 military installations on Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Army installations. (Source: Hunt Southern Group, Shaw Air Force Base, PR, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Hunt Southern Group, Hunt Companies, www.huntcompanies.com; Shaw AFB, www.shaw.af.mil; Duke Energy, Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, SC Pres., Cindy Gersch, (315) 486-0239, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Solar,  


Duke Expands Green Source Advantage Program (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy Carolinas
Date: 2018-10-17
In Charlotte, Duke Energy Carolinas is touting a proposed Green Source Advantage program that will allow its South Carolina large corporate and business customers to receive energy bill credits for energy produced by a solar site not located on the customers' premises. The program, subject to Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) approval, also allows customers to retain the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) produced by the facility.

The program would provide up to a total of 150 MW of reserved renewable energy capacity, 113 MW of which will be reserved for customers of Duke Energy Carolinas, and 37 MW of capacity will be reserved for Duke Energy Progress customers. (Source: Duke Energy Carolinas, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, David Fountain, North Carolina Pres., Chris Fallon, VP Renewables, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Duke Energy Carolinas,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


Duke Announces $500Mn Carolinas Energy Storage Plan (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-10-12
Charlotte, N.C.-headquartered utility Duke Energy Corp reports in it Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) it will invest $500 million in battery storage projects across North and South Carolina over the next 15 years. Presently, North Carolina has approximately 15 MW in operation while South Carolina has significantly.

The utility also reports it has filed for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a 2-MW solar project, including a 4-MW battery, in Hot Springs, Madison County. (Source: Duke Energy, Renewables, 10 Oct., 2018)Contact: Duke Energy, Chris Fallon, VP Renewables, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Energy Storage,  


Duke Issues Incentive for Hospital Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-09-12
The Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle, Indiana, is reporting receipt of $114,263 in energy efficiency incentives from its energy provider, Duke Energy.

The money comes as an incentive for the hospital upgrading its HVAC controls and other upgrades to improve energy efficiency. This includes the utilization of variable frequency drives that deliver only the energy needed at a given time, as opposed to some of the hospital's older units that ran full time. The upgrades represent about $110,000 in electrical savings annually. (Source: Duke Energy, GreenCastle Graphic, 10 Sept., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; Putnam County Hospital, https://pchosp.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


Duke Solar Rebate Program Flooded with Applications (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-08-01
In Charlotte, Duke Energy North Carolina reports that since it 9 July launch, its solar rebate program has received over 1,500 applications for the incentivized chance to install solar systems at home or work.

The company intends to invest $62 million in the program over 5 years on a first-come, first-serve basis. Approximately 16 MW of new solar capacity has been granted rebates, and the company aims to add up to 20 MW of new capacity each year of the program. (Source: Duke Energy Carolinas, PR, DEI, 30 July, 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, David Fountain, North Carolina Pres., Chris Fallon, VP Renewables, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Renewable Energy Rebate,  


Duke Dumps Planned 500 MW of Wind Power in Carolinas (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-07-20
Kallanish Energy is reporting Duke Energy has abandoned plans to develop 500 megawatts of wind energy in North Carolina and South Carolina. The wind power would have been generated in the Midwest and moved to the Carolinas, but the costs were too high, officials said.

Duke reportedly aims to have 8,000 MW of renewable energy under contract by 2020. Presently, Duke has 6,400 MW of renewable energy capacity, including 3,100 MW of installed wind power capacity. (Source: Duke Energy, Kallanish Energy July 19, 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, Chris Fallon, VP Renewables, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Wind,  


Veolia Confirms Georgia, NC Biomass Power Deals (Ind. Report)
Georgia Renewable Power,Veolia Energy
Date: 2018-04-06
Georgia Renewable Power LLC (GRP) reports the selection of Boston-based Veolia Energy Operating Services LLC to operate and maintain three biomass-to-energy facilities located in North Carolina and Georgia -- the 25-MW Lumberton facility in North Carolina and two 66-MW plants in Georgia slated to come into service by mid-2019.

The Lumberton site uses both biomass and poultry litter for fuel and sells its output to Duke Energy under a long-term PPA. The Georgia plants in Carnesville and Colbert will be selling their generated electricity to Georgia Power. Each of them will use approximately 500,000 tpy of biomass and/or poultry litter.

Veolia Energy Operating Services is a division within the North American business unit Veolia Environment SA. (Source: Georbia Power, Veolia, Renewables Now, 4 April, 2018) Contact: Georgia Renewable Power, www.georgiapower.com; Veolia Energy, www.veoliaenergyna.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Renewable Power,  Veolia Energy,  Biomass,  


Doosan Supplying Consumers Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
Doosan GridTech,Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-04-04
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports the selection of Doosan GridTech to supply a 1 MW battery energy storage system (BESS)for installation at the Colony Farm substation in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The BESS will be controlled by Doosan's Intelligent Controller (DG-IC). Other system components include Samsung's lithium-ion batteries and Ingeteam's power conversion system. The DG-IC also complies with the Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) specifications for software communications between components of a BESS as well as between the BESS and a utility's control room.

Doosan previously worked with Austin Energy, Duke Energy, Puget Sound Energy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish Public Utility District. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 3 April, 2014)Contact: Doosan GridTech, (888) 452-7715, www.doosangridtech.com; Consumers Energy, Garrick Rochow, VP Operations, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550, info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Doosan GridTech ,  


Duke Touting NC Hog-Waste RNG Project (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy,OptimaBio
Date: 2018-03-30
A Duke Energy power plant is using renewable natural gas (RNG) from North Carolina-based hog farms to produce electricity -- the first application of the technology from in-state farms. The OptimaBio facility gathers methane gas from five local hog farms and converts it to pipeline-quality natural gas that will be injected into the Piedmont Natural Gas system which transports it to Duke Energy's Smith Energy Complex in Richmond County where it is used to produce electricity.

The project will help Duke Energy satisfy state swine waste-to-energy mandates under the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard law in North Carolina. Under this law, Duke Energy must generate 0.20 percent of its retail sales from swine waste by 2023.

Headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., OptimaBio is a swine waste-to-energy project developer and the leader in RNG development for North Carolina. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, Randy Wheeless, (704) 382-8379, Randy.wheeless@duke-energy.com, www.dukeenergy.com; OptimaBio, Mark Maloney, (910) 632-0752, mark@pig.energy, www.pig.energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News OptimaBio,  Renewable Natural Gas,  RNG,  Duke Energy,  


Duke Touts Planned $36Bn Renewables Investment (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-03-26
In its new Climate Report, North Carolina-based Duke Energy reports it plans to invest $36 billion to expand its renewables and natural gas power generation and to modernize the electric grid as part of its efforts to cut emissions, mitigate risks from climate change, and plan for a low-carbon future.

As part of these efforts, Duke plans to invest $25 billion between 2017 and 2026 to modernize the electric grid and $11 billion to expand wind and solar power and natural gas power generation. Duke expects more than 80 pc tof its generation mix to come from zero and lower CO2-emitting sources by 2030. The company also expects to cut the share of coal in its generation capacity by half, to 16 pct by 2030 and be free of coal for power generation by 2050. Duke aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 pct by 2030. (Source: Duke, Oil Price, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, Rob Caldwell, Sr. VP, Distributed Energy Resources, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

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Duke Renews Poultry-Waste Biomass Power Contract (Ind. Report)
Craven County Wood Energy
Date: 2018-02-02
Charlotte, North Carolina-based utility Duke Energy reports the signing of a 10-year, 360,000 megawatt-hour per year power-purchase agreement (PPA) with New Bern-based Craven County Wood Energy. Under the terms of the PPA, 90,000 megawatt-hours of the total 360,000 megawatt-hour contract will be generated with poultry liter and waste. The PPA will help Duke meet state requirements that a small part of the power its utilities sell in the state come from renewable sources, with a specific amount set aside for power from poultry waste.

Over the years, Craven County has modified the 25-year old, 50-MW biomass power plant to use increasing amounts of poultry waste and is presently upgrading the plant use the animal waste for up to 30 pct of its power. The credits, which are used to satisfy the state's renewable energy requirements, will go to both Duke Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas. (Source: Duke Energy, Charlotte Biz, Feb., 2018) Contact: Craven County Wood Energy, Bob VanEllis,GM, (252) 633-9525, www.altagas.ca/our-infrastructure/operations/craven-county-wood-energy; Duke Energy, Rob Caldwell, Sr. VP, Distributed Energy Resources, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

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Ohio Energy Efficiency Program Funded by Duke Energy Dispute Settlement ((Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-01-31
In the Buckeye State, Cincinnati.com is reporting that an initial $500,000 from Duke Energy's $80 million settlement of an over-billing dispute has been earmarked for energy-efficiency programs for Duke Energy customers in its Southern Ohio service area.

The program offers homeowners and landlords interest-free loans for insulation, smart thermostats and other residential improvements. The loans would be repaid over three to five years with the savings from the upgrades. Specifically, the program is made possible through a grant awarded to local energy analytics firm EmpowerSaves and housing nonprofit Cincinnati Development Fund by the Duke Class Benefit Fund. Officials hope to lend out the $500,000 to roughly 200 to 250 homeowners or landlords to each make upwards of $3,500 worth of energy improvements which are expected to deliver saving in the range of 25 pct off a homeowner's annual utility bills. The program, available to Ohio residents in the Duke Energy service area.(Source: Cincinnati.com, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: EmpowerSaves,www.empowersaves.com/online-assessment

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Duke Announces $62Mn NC Solar Rebate Program (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-01-24
Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered energy giant Duke Energy is proposing a $62 million solar rebate program designed to help its North Carolina customers with the upfront cost of installing solar panels.

Under the program, residential customers will be eligible for a rebate of 60 cents per watt for solar energy systems 10 kilowatts (kW) or less. Nonresidential customers would be eligible for 50 cents per watt. Nonprofit customers would be eligible for an enhanced rebate of 75 cents per watt for systems 100 kW or less. Installed systems 100 kW or greater would be eligible for a maximum rebate of $50,000 for non-residential customers, or $75,000 for nonprofit customers.

Duke Energy serves about 6,000 customers who have private solar systems totaling just over 50 MW. The program expects to increase North Carolina's private solar market by 200 pct over the next five years. The program is subject to regulatory approvals. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, Randy Wheeless, (704) 382-8379, www.duke-energy.com

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Meritage reNEWable Living Home Redefine Energy Use (Ind. Report)
Meritage Homes,Duke Energy,EPRI
Date: 2018-01-08
Creating a net zero home that redefines how utilities work is amazing. That's exactly what Scottsdale, Arizona-headquartered Meritage Homes is touting its reNEWable Living Home, a 2018 BUILDER Concept project engineered and designed to use and cut energy consumption energy in a completely different way.

Through innovation in water heating, an insulated slab, attic insulation, the HVAC and solid, panelized wall systems, the house uses a consistent amount of energy throughout the day.

Meritage Homes also partnered with Duke Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to design a way to monitor the home and understand the energy use. According to EPRI, a home with the same square footage as the reNEWable Living Home would use 23,910 kWh annually. By using the DOE BeOpt software, the advances of the reNEWable Living Home reduce that by 30 pct to only 16,887 kWh per year.

This 30 pct deduction was captured with 100 pct LED lighting, using a heat pump water heater, insulating the slab at an R10 value, using R30 closed cell spray foam insulation in the roof, installing a SEER 18, 9.3 HSPF HVAC system and using the HercuWAll ICF 4-inch solid panelized wall system. (Source: Meritage Homes, Builder, 4 Jan., 2018)Contact: Meritage Homes, www.meritagehomes.com; EPRI, www.epri.com; Duke Energy Carolinas, (704) 594-6200, www.duke-energy.com

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Duke Energy Takes Full Control of REC Solar (M&A)
Duke Energy,REC Solar
Date: 2017-12-08
Charlotte, N.C.-headquartered Duke Energy reports it has taken full ownership of California-based national renewable energy solutions provider REC Solar.

Duke acquired a majority interest in the company in February of 2015. Financial and other setails of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

REC Solar will be managed as an independent business unit of Duke Energy Renewables. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 6 Dec., 2017) Contact: Duke Energy, Chris Fallon, VP Renewables, www.duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com/renewable; REC Solar, Matthew Walz, Pres., CEO, www.resolar.com

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Duke Announces Indiana Nat. Guard Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2017-11-06
Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered Duke Energy reports it is planning to install battery storage equipment and solar panels that will operate as a microgrid at the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury training operation in Johnson County, Ind. The company will also install battery storage equipment at a substation in Nabb, Ind., in Clark County, subject to regulatory approvals.

Duke Energy has deployed approximately 40 mw of energy storage capacity, representing 15 national projects demonstrating 10 different grid applications and functions and eight different battery chemistries. Duke Energy is Indiana's largest electric power supplier. (Source: Duke Energy, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Indiana, www.duke-energy.com/home

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Recurrent Ads 71 MW-AC Solar in North Carolina (Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar,Recurrent Energy
Date: 2017-10-27
Canadian Solar subsidiary Recurrent Energy reports the commissioning of the IS-42 PV project near Fayetteville, North Carolina. The 71 MW-AC single-axis mounted solar project, which is one of the largest solar projects east of the Mississippi, holds a long-term PPA to sell power to Duke Energy Progress. This is Recurrent's first completed project in North Carolina. (Source: Recurrent Energy, PV Mag, Others, 23 Oct. 2017)Contact: Recurrent Energy, (415) 675-1500, http://recurrentenergy.com; Canadian Solar, (519) 837-1881, www.canadiansolar.com; Duke Energy Progress, www.progress-energy.com

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Ameren Missouri Commits to Major Emissions Cuts (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2017-10-20
Ameren Missouri, the Show-me state's largest utility is now among the first utilities in the country to announce an ambitious carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction goal of cutting its CO2 emissions by 80 pct by 2050 compared to 2005 levels. To that end, Ameren is retiring half of its coal capacity by 2050. The average age of Ameren's coal fleet is nearly 50 years, with the newest plant being 40 years old.

Other utilities that have committed to major emissions cuts include Xcel Energy, DTE Energy, Duke Energy and others. (Source: Ameren, NRDC, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Dan Laurent, Dir. Energy Services, Michael Moehn, Pres., CEO, (314) 554-2165, www.AmerenMissouri.com

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Duke Investing $30Mn in NC Energy Storage Systems (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2017-09-22
Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered Duke Energy reports it plans to invest $30 million to install two battery energy storage systems in Asheville and Hot Springs as a part of its Western Carolinas Modernization Plan.

The two sites are the first of a long-term plan to establish energy storage capacity in the region.

Duke will install a 9-MWlithium-ion battery system at a substation in the Rock Hill community in Ashville, and a 4-MW lithium-ion battery system in Hot Springs, Madison County. (Source: Duke Energy, Citizen-Times, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Carolinas, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, Robert Sipes, VP Western Carolinas Modernization, www.duke-energy.com

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Wind Ind. Gifts $1Mn for Hurricane Harvey Recovery (Ind. Report)
AWEA,Pattern Energy
Date: 2017-09-15
Pattern Energy Group Inc. reports it is joining with other American wind energy companies as a keystone partner of Habitat Hammers Back, the Hurricane Harvey repair and rebuilding initiative led by Habitat for Humanity.

The companies -- Apex Clean Energy, Blattner Energy, Duke Energy, EDF Renewable Energy, EDP Renewables, Enel Green Power North America, E.ON, Goldwind Americas, Hannon Armstrong, Invenergy, Leeward Renewable Energy, MAP Royalty, Pattern Energy, TPI Composites and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA – are donating $1 million in aggregate to support repairs and rebuilding efforts in areas impacted by the storms. (Source: Pattern Energy, NA Wind Power, Various Others, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: Pattern Energy, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternnenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com; Habitat for Humanity, www.habitat.org; AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO, www.awea.org

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Duke Energy, Florida PSC Agreement Calls for $6Bn in Florida Energy Investments (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2017-09-01
Duke Energy reports it plans to add 700 MW of solar power capacity in Florida in the next four years under the terms of an amended agreement with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC). The agreement, which proposes an investment of approximately $6 billion in solar energy, smart meter, grid improvement, new billing options, electric vehicle charging stations and up to 50 MW of battery storage systems, will come into force in January 2018.

Duke Energy intends to start building a 74.9-MW solar park in Jasper, Hamilton County at the beginning of next year. It will be its sixth photovoltaic (PV) facility in the state, comprising about 300,000 solar modules with an expected output sufficient for 20,000 homes. (Source: Duke Energy, RenewablesNow, Others, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Florida, Harry Sideris,Pres., www.duke-energy.com; Florida Public Service Commission, www.psc.state.fl.us

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Roeslein's Missouri Biogas Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Roeslein Alternative Energy
Date: 2017-08-21
In the Show Me State, St. Louis-headquartered Roeslein Alternative Energy reports nine farms in Missouri have been selected selected to produce biogas for Roeslein's planned $120 million anaerobic digestion plant just north of Albany, Missouri.

Smithfield Hog Production in north Missouri is partnering with Roeslein on the biogas plant to be constructed in 1,000 acres in Harrison County . The site is being provided by the Nature Conservancy . Duke Energy in North Carolina is contracted to purchase part of the processed fuel to assist in realizing clean energy standards for power generation. (Source: Roeslein Alternative Energy, NewsPress, Aug., 2017) Contact: Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Brian Gale, Bus. Dev., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, croach@roesleinae.com, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com

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Duke Energy Carolinas Issues Wind Capacity RFP (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy Renewables
Date: 2017-08-18
In Charlotte, North Carolina, Duke Energy reports it has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to increase its wind energy capacity by the end of 2022. The RFP process is "flexible" and open to existing or new wind generation facilities to deliver up to 500 megawatts of capacity to its transmission system, according to Duke Energy.

Duke Energy Carolinas owns 35 solar facilities in the region, but does not currently purchase wind capacity. The addition would allow Duke Energy to comply with North Carolina's 2007 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard that mandates companies to add up to 12.5 pct of its energy needs through "renewable energy resources or energy efficiency measures" by 2021 and beyond. (Source: Duke Energy, Ashville Citizen Journal, Coastal Review, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

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Duke Acquires Invenergy's Shoreham Solar Commons Project (M&A)
Duke Energy Renewables,Invenergy
Date: 2017-08-18
Duke Energy Renewables is reporting the acquisition of Invenergy's 24.9MW Shoreham Solar Commons PV project which is under construction on a former golf course near Brookhaven, Long Island, New York.

The project is slated for completion and commissioning in Q2, 2018 and has a 20-year power-purchase agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, RE News, Others, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Shoreham Solar Commons, www.shorehamsolarcommons.com; Invenergy, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com; LIFA, Tom Falcone, CEO, (631) 755-6900, www.lipower.org; Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

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Duke Awards $278.000 Energy Efficiency Rebate to UCF (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2017-07-26
In the Sunshine State, the University of Central Florida (UCF) (64,500 enrollment) reports receipt of $278,000 in rebates from Duke Energy for recently implemented energy-efficient initiatives. The school has earned more than $1 million in rebates for energy-efficient measures since 2010.

The recent upgrades include two water chillers for District Energy Plant IV, an under-construction water plant that will produce chilled and hot water to cool and dehumidify campus buildings. The chillers will hold 4,000 tons (1 million gallons) of chilled water that will serve Research Building 1 and be added to an existing underground infrastructure that serves nearly 75 pct of campus buildings. Over the lifespan of the presently under construction District Energy Plant IV the university is estimated to save $121,000 annually in operation costs. The remaining $78,000 of the recent rebate is from automation controls installed in Student Health Services, Mathematical Sciences and Engineering II buildings. The controls use CO2 sensors that measure when more outside air is needed to balance the CO2 levels in the buildings. Vents admit fresh air as needed to reduce the demand on de-humidification equipment. (Source: Univ. of Central Florida, Campus News, 24 July, 2017)Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; UCF, Curtis Wade, Dir. Utilities & Energy Services.(407) 823-2000, www.ucf.edu

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Duke Unveils Kentucky Solar Power Plant Plans (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2017-07-19
Charlottle, NC-headquartered Duke Energy is reporting plans to develop, build and operate three solar power plants on sites in Kenton and Grant counties Kentucky . Power from the three projects will incorporate approximately 31,500 solar panel and generate roughly 6.8 MW that will be fed onto Duke Energy Kentucky's electric grid.

Construction is expected to get underway later this summer for completion by the year end. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 14 July, 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Kentucky, Jim Henning, Pres., www.duke-energy.com

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Duke Completes 17MW Naval Station Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy Indiana
Date: 2017-05-31
Duke Energy is reporting the completion of a new 17 MW solar power plant at the Crane Naval Support Activity (NSA) base in Crane, 40 miles south of Bloomington, Indiana. The installation incorporates 76,000 solar panels on 145 acres.

Duke Energy built, and will own, operate and maintain the solar facility. To accommodate the new project and to compensate the base for use of its secure land, Duke will also upgrade NSA Crane's electrical infrastructure and conduct a microgrid feasibility study to see if such an arrangement could enhance base security in the future. (Source: Duke Energy Indiana, PV Mag., May 22, 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Indiana, Doug Esamann, Pres., www.duke-energy.com/indiana; Crane Naval Support Activity, www.cnic.navy.mil/CRANE

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Duke Energy Report Stress Clean Energy Commitment (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2017-05-01
In its just released 2016 Sustainability Report, Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered Duke Energy reports it has been diversifying its generating fleet by retiring older coal units, building state-of-the-art natural gas and coal facilities, and expanding renewables. According to the report, natural gas presently provides 28 pct of Duke Energy's electric power production while 38 pct of the electricity generated is from zero emission sources, including nuclear, hydropower, wind and solar. As a result of its system modernization, Duke Energy has slashed its CO2 emissions by more than 29 pct since 2005.

Also in the report, the company announced a new goal to lower carbon intensity, measured in pounds of CO2 released per kilowatt-hour of electricity generated, by 45 pct versus 2005 output. In 2016, the company achieved an almost 25 pct cut in carbon intensity versus 2005.

The Duke Sustainability Report also notes:

  • Duke is on track to meet its goal of owning or having under contract 8,000 MW of wind, solar or biomass capacity by 2020. At the end of 2016, the company had 5,400 MW;
  • Duke Energy remains on track as the price per kilowatt-hour of electricity remains lower than the national average in all six states the company's retail service area;
  • The company is on target to recycle 80 pct of its solid waste by 2018. Currently, 76 pct of the utility's solid waste is recycled. (Source: Duke Energy, Canadian Biomass, 27 April, 2017) Contact: Duke Energy, Lynn Good, Pres., CEO, Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres., www.duke-energy.com/renewable

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