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Wisc. PSC Considering Proposed Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Date: 2019-12-02
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (WPSC) reports it is considering the fate of the proposed 150-MW Two Creeks and 300-MW Badger Hollow solar farms that, if built, would more than quadruple the state's solar capacity.

The proposed $390 million projects, which are being reviewed by grid operator MISO, would be developed by energy companies Invenergy and NextEra Energy Resources. Two utilities -- MGE Energy in the Madison area and Wisconsin Public Service Corp. in the Green Bay area -- are seeking to purchase all of the proposed solar project's total power production.

The proposed Badger Hollow solar farm developed by Chicago-based Invenergy would incorprorate 1.2 million solar panels covering about 2,500 acres of farmland in Iowa County in central Wisconsin. The 150-MW Two Creeks solar farm would run by NextEra. (Source: WPSC, Energy News Network, SDD, 30 Nov., 2019) Contact: Wisconsin Public Service Commission, (608) 266-5481, www.psc.wi.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wisconsin Public Service Commission,  Solar ,  


SRP Invests in AZ Solar-Charged Battery Projects (Ind. Report)
Salt River Project
Date: 2019-11-20
Not-for-profit public power utility Salt River Project (SRP) is reporting investments in the 250-MW/1-GWh Sonoran Energy Center in Little Rainbow Valley and the 88-MW Storey Energy Center, both in Arizona with a combined capacity of 338 MW.

The plants, which will be owned and operated by units of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, are expected to become operational by June 2023. (Source: Salt River Project, PR, Renewables 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: SRP, Mike Hummel, CEO, Scott Harelson, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Salt River Project,  Solar,  Battery Energy Storage,  


Gexa Energy Switches to 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
Gexa Energy,NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2019-08-23
Houston-based electric power retailer Gexa Energy LP reports it is proceeding with its plans to provide 100 pct renewable energy to residential customers at no additional cost.

As a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, the world's largest generator of wind and solar energy, Gexa Energy operates more than 17,000 MW of wind and solar generation in North America and has over $20 billion invested in clean, renewable energy technologies. (Source: Gexa Energy LP, 21 Aug., 2019) Contact: Gexa Energy LP, Brian Lundrum, Pres., (866) 329-4392, www.GexaEnergy.com; NextEra Energy, info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gexa Energy,  NextEra Energy Resources,  Renewable Energy,  


WFEC, NextEra Ink Major Renewables-Storage PPA (Ind. Report)
Western Farmers Electric Cooperative,NextEra Energy
Date: 2019-08-02
Anadarko, Oklahoma-headquartered Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) reports the inking of a PPA with NextEra Energy Resources for the largest combined wind, solar and energy storage project in the country.

The combined wind, solar, and energy storage project is in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) electric grid region that includes Oklahoma and 13 other states in the central United States. It is also the largest co-located wind, solar, and energy storage project in the U.S.

The deal acquires 250 MW of Skeleton Creek Wind; 250 MWs of Skeleton Creek Solar; and 200 MWs of Skeleton Creek Storage. The wind purchase will come online in 2019 with the other two slated for 2023, according to the release.

WFEC's portfolio incorporates 521 MW of solar generation, 955 MW of wind generation, and 270 MW of hydroelectric generation. (Source: Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, Energy Insider, 31 July, 2019) Contact: Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, Gary Roulet, CEO, 405-247-3351, www.wfec.com; Contact: NextEra Energy, info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Farmers Electric Cooperative,  NextEra Energy,  


Ward County N.D. Wind Farm Put on Hold (Ind. Report)
NextEra
Date: 2019-07-29
NextEra Energy Resources reports its plan to revive a large wind farm in Hartland, Ward County, North Dakota has been put on hold. The company was considering a 150 turbine, 300 MW wind farm for the site, slighly smaller than the originally proposed 2,000-megawatt Hartland facility.

NextEra has been working in North Dakota for almost 20 years and has invested $2.5 billion in the state and operates 14 projects.(Source: NextEra Energy, Minot Daily News, 28 July, 2019)Contact: NextEra Energy, info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra,  Wind,  North Dakota Wind,  


Oregon's Oldest Large Wind Farm Slated for Refit (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy
Date: 2019-05-17
NextEra Energy Resources' 43-turbine Stateline Wind Farm, one of the state's oldest, could soon be getting an upgrade, subject to regulatory approval. The upgrade is expected to take up to 4 months to complete.

The Stateline Wind Farm would be the first wind-energy operation under Oregon's Energy Facility Siting Council jurisdiction to be re-powered. (Source: Oregon Department of Energy, Northwest Public Broadcasting, May 15, 2019) Contact: NextEra Energy, info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy,  Wind,  


450-MW Solar Projects Approved in the Badger State (Ind. Report)
WEC Energy
Date: 2019-04-15
In the Badger State, WEC Energy Group, Inc. reports it has received approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (WPSC) for two solar projects totaling 450 MW at an expected total cost of $390 million, of which the WPSC will invest $260 million. The projects are expected to come online by the end of 2020.

Notably, Solar projects in Manitowoc County will be developed by NextEra Energy's unit NextEra Energy Resources while the Badger Hollow project in Iowa county will be developed by Invenergy. Together, the projects are expected to generate sufficient energy for 120,000 Wisconsin households in a year. (Source: WEC Energy Group, Zacks, 12 April, 2019) Contact: WEC Energy Group, (414) 221-7345, www.wecenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News WEC Energy,  Solar,  


NDPSC Greenlight's NextEra 123-Turbine Wind Project (Ind. Report)
North Dakota Public Service Commission,NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2019-02-11
The North Dakota Public Service Commission (NDPSC) is reporting approval of NextEra Energy Resources' planned Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center northeast of Linton, ND. When constructed, the $415 million, 123 wind turbine project will generate nearly 300 MW of power.

Great River Energy has inked a 25-year PPA for 100 pct of the project's approximately 300 MW capacity. The state presently boasts roughly 3,150 MW of wind energy capacity. (Source: North Dakota Public Service Commission, reve, 10 Feb., 2019) Contact: North Dakota Public Service Commission, www.psc.nd.gov; NextEra Energy Resources, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  NextEra Energy Resources ,  


NextEra Awaiting NEB. Solar Project Feasibility Report (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2019-02-06
Portland, Oregon-headquartered NextEra Energy Resources reports it is considering construction of a 423-MW solar park in Nebraska, which if constructed, will be the largest one in the state, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

The company has inked a lease agreement for a site in Pierce County and is seeking an interconnection agreement with the Southwest Power Pool, the operator of the regional electric grid and wholesale market. Construction could get underway in 2022, subject to the study results. (Source: NextEra Energy Resources, Renewables Now, 5 Feb., 2019_ Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, info@nextrenewables.com, https://nextrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources ,  Solar,  


NextEra Energy Finalizes Gulf Power Acquisition (M&A)
NextEra Energy,NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2019-01-02
In the Sunshine State, Juno Beach based NextEra Energy, Inc., owner of Florida Power & Light Company is reporting completion of its previously announced acquisition of Gulf Power Company from Southern Company .Gulf Power Company serves approximately 450,000 customers throughout northwest Florida.

NextEra Energy also owns a competitive energy business, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery energy storage. (Source: NextEra Energy, PR, 1 Jan., 2019) Contact: NextEra Energy, www.NextEraEnergy.com; Florida Power & Light, www.FPL.com; Gulf Power, www.GulfPower.com; NextEra Energy Resources, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy news,  Florida Power & Light news,  Wind news,  Solar news,  Renewable Energy news,  NextEra Energy Resources news,  Gulf Power Company news,  


NextEra, OSMPC Agree to Wind Farm Deadline Extension (Ind. Report)
NextEra
Date: 2018-11-30
In the Sooner State, the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission (OSMPC) reports it has again granted a mitigation plan deadline extension for NextEra Energy's planned wind farm along a route of airspace the military uses for training west of Hinton.

As part of the extension, NextEra may resume construction on turbines that have been approved by the FAA. OSMPC claims the wind farm violates a recent amendment to the Wind Energy Development Act requiring a determination by the federal government that planned wind turbine construction has no military impact, or the company must have an approved mitigation plan from the Defense Department before a wind farm is constructed or expanded. (Source: OSMPC, Enid News & Eagle, 27 Nov., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra,  Wind,  


Major Solar Farm Planned for Houston County Tex. (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy
Date: 2018-11-16
In Texas, the Houston County Commission reports approval of a 10-year property tax abatement for approximately 1,000 acres of land in District 4 in an effort to encourage NextEra Energy' planned development of what could be the largest solar farm project in the Lone Star State.

The proposed $75 million project would initially cover about 600 acres and generate 80 MW of power. (Source: Dothan Eagle, Various Media, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy,  Solar,  


Facebook's Alabama Data Center Going 100 pct Solar (Ind. Report)
First Solar Inc, NextEra Energy
Date: 2018-11-05
Social media giant Facebook is reporting First Solar Inc. and NextEra Energy will construct two solar projects totaling nearly 380MW of solar generation capacity in Alabama and Tennessee to supply a Facebook data center in Huntsville, Alabama. Terms and time lines have not been disclosed.

The First Solar project in Colbert County, Alabama, will supply 227 MW, and the NextEra project in Lincoln County, Tennessee, will provide 150 MW, according to the TVA.

Facebook has committed to run all its data centers and offices with 100 pct renewable energy by 2020. (Source: Facebook, Data Center Knowledge, 2 Nov., 2018) Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com; NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA,  First Solar ,  NextEra Energy,  


298-MW Wind Farm Planned for North Dakota (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2018-10-12
In North Dakota, the Dickinson Press, referencing documents filed with the North Dakota Public Service Commission, is reporting a direct subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-headquartered NextEra Energy Resources is planning to construct a 123-turbine, 298.1-MW wind farm about 41 miles southeast of Bismarck. The project is presently seeking a siting permit from the PSC.

North Dakota hosts nearly 3,000 MW of installed wind capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association. (Source: North Dakota Public Service Commission, Forum News, Dickinson Press, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; North Dakota Public Service Commission, www.psc.nd.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources,  Wind,  


Battery-Backed Solar Planned for Clark County Ariz. (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2018-07-23
Construction of the largest solar arrays ever built in the state of Arizona, and the first to incorporate battery energy storage capacity, is slated to break ground in Clark County in 2019.

The proposed Yellow Pine Solar Project, southeast of Pahrump near the California border, would combine PV panels and lithium-ion batteries to generate up to 500 MW of electricity.

The Gemini Solar Project, 25 miles northeast of Las Vegas, would generate up to 690 MW with some battery storage on about 7,100 acres of public land near the Valley of Fire State Park. Gemini is a joint venture by Australia's Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners and California-based Arevia Power, which plan to develop 440 MW of solar capacity for use in Nevada in the first phase of development. Another 250 MW of generating capacity would be added in the second phase, with the power to be sold in Nevada or exported to Arizona and California. (Source: Nextera, Las Vegas Review Journal, 22 July, 2018)Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, www.quinbrook.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources,  Solar,  Battery Energy Storage,  


NextEra, AT&T Ink 300MW Wind Power PPA (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2018-06-20
NextEra Energy Inc's subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources is reporting a renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) with AT&T Inc. As per the agreement, the partnership will acquire 300 MW of wind energy from two new wind farms in Wilbarger and Hardeman Counties, TX.

In February, the partnership struck a similar PPA worth 520 MW from two wind farms located in Texas and Oklahoma. Cumulatively, these two consecutive PPAs will deliver 820 MW of wind power, which will supply electricity to more than 372,000 homes per year. (Source: NextEra, Open PR, 15 June, 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources,  ATT,  Wind,  


NextEra, Entergy Commission Stuttgartt, Ark. Solar Park (Ind Report)
NextEra Energy, Entergy
Date: 2018-06-01
NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE), and Entergy Arkansas are reporting this weeks inauguration of the 81-MW Stuttgart Solar Energy Center in Arkansas.

The project, which incorporates more than 350,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels, will generate sufficient electric power for approximately 13,000 homes serviced by Entergy Arkansas. (Source: NextEra Energy, Renewables Now, Others, 30 May, 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Entergy, www.entergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy,  Entergy,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


Xcel Expanding Wind Capacity in New Mexico, Texas (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-05-21
Minnesota-headquartered Xcel Energy reports it has received Texas PUC approval to expand its wind energy capacity by 1,230 MW in Texas and New Mexico. New Mexico regulators approved the plan in March.

Xcel Energy's proposal consists of two new wind farms, which will generate most of the new power, but also includes a 30-year PPA with NextEra Energy Resources through which the company will acquire energy from other wind facilities in Texas.

The two new farms are estimated to cost $1.6 billion to construct and are anticipated to save Texas and New Mexico customers $2.8 billion over a 30-year period. The two new facilities, which are expected to come online in 2023, will generate sufficient electric power for more than 360,000 homes annually.

(Source: Xcel, Commercial Property Executive, May, 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Wind,  


NextEra, SRP Complete Arizona Solar+Storage Plant (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources,Salt River Project
Date: 2018-05-18
Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources and Salt River Project (SRP) are touting the opening of Pinal Central Solar Energy Center (PCSEC), a 258,000 panel, 20-MW integrated PV solar plant equipped with a battery energy storage system. PCSEC, Arizona's largest utility-scale solar energy center paired with a battery storage system, will generate sufficient solar energy to power 5,000 homes and will store excess energy in a state-of-the-art 10-MW lithium-ion battery storage system.

SRP will purchase all of the energy produced at the plant, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. SRP, which aims to meet 20 pct of its retail electricity requirements through sustainable resources by 2020, is on schedule to meet that goal by utilizing solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power and energy-efficiency measures. SRP also aims to reduce the amount of carbon emissions intensity by 33 pct by 2035, according to a company statement. (Source: nextEra Energy Resources, May, 2018) Contact: Pinal Central Solar Energy Center, www.pinalcentral.com; NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Salt River Project, John Sullivan, Deputy GM, Scott Harelson, (602) 236-2500, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources,  Salt River Project,  Solar,  Energy STorage ,  


Cdn. Pension Plan Acquiring Ontario Wind, Solar Assets (M&A)
NextEra Energy Partners
Date: 2018-04-04
Juno Beach, Florida-headqartered NextEra Energy Partners reports it is selling four wind and two solar farms in Ontario totaling 396MW of fully contracted wind and solar generation assets to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) for $741 million (Cdn) ($582 million US).

CPPIB will purchase the 59.9MW Bluewater wind farm , 22.9MW Conestogo wind farm; 149MW Jericho wind farm; 124.4MW Summerhaven wind farm; 20MW Moore solar project; and 20MW Sombra solar farm. The projects, which have an average contract life of approximately 16 years, will continue to be operated by the affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources under a long-term services agreement. Subject to regulatory approval, the deal is expected to close in 2Q of this year. (Source: NextEra Energy, EBR, 3 April, 2018) Contact: CPPIB , Bruce Hogg, Managing Director Rnewables , www.cppib.com; NextEra Energy Partners, www.investor.nexteraenergypartners.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Partners,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


DOE Quits Arkansas Wind Power-Line Project (Ind. Report)
Clean Line Energy Partners
Date: 2018-03-26
In Little Rock, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the US DOE has withdrawn support for a $2.5 billion Arkansas power-line agreement with Clean Line Energy Partners.

The 705-mile power line would link wind farms in the Oklahoma Panhandle to customers in Tennessee. In December, Clean Line sold the Oklahoma portion of the project to NextEra Energy Resources, which indicated it plans to proceed with the project. (Source: US DOE, Times Record, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: Clean Line Energy Partners, www.cleanlineenergy.com; NextEra Energy Resources LLC, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  NextEra Energy Resources,  


AT&T Confirms 520MW Renewables Power Purchase Agreement (Ind. Report)
Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles.
Date: 2018-02-12
AT&T reports it will purchase 520 MW of wind power through 2 agreements with subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources LLC -- 220 MW of power will come from the Minco V Wind Farm in Caddo County, Oklahoma and 300 MW will come from a wind farm in Webb and Duval Counties, Texas. Together, the projects are expected to generate sufficient electric power for approximately 250,000 homes a year.

AT&T is also signing on to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles which represent large customers' renewable energy needs and helps them stream-line solutions for buying cost-effective renewable energy. The group is led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and is made up of large energy buyers working to spur progress on renewable energy and fulfill their increased demand for it. AT&T is also a member of the Business Renewables Center, an initiative that, along with the Buyers’ Principles, forms part of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance.

Since 2010, AT&T has implemented over 65,000 energy efficiency projects resulting in annualized savings of $427 million. (Source: AT&T, PR, Telecompetitor, 8 Feb., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, Mike O'Sullivan, Snr. VP Development, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles, www.buyersprinciples.org; Business Renewables Center, www.businessrenewables.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources,  AT&T,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


PNM Seeks Wind, Solar Approvals for Facebook Data Center (Ind. Report)
Public Service Company of New Mexico
Date: 2018-01-24
In Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Journal is reporting New Mexico's largest electricity provider Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) is seeking state regulatory approval for power purchase agreements (PPAs) with two companies that would build new wind and solar farms to serve Facebook's new Los Lunas data center which is under construction south of Albuquerque.

PNM is presently constructing three solar plants to supply the center's first two buildings, and has negotiated agreements with Avangrid Renewables and NextEra Energy Inc. to construct and operate two wind farms and a $75 million solar facility to meet the data center's added energy needs. The companies would sell the generated power to the utility for delivery. PNM is proposing Avangrid build a wind farm by 2020 east of Estancia in central New Mexico, and that NextEra constructs a $72 million wind farm before the year end. (Source: Public Service Company of New Mexico, Santa Fe New Mexican ,Albuquerque Journal, 20 Jan., 2018) Contact: Public Service Company of New Mexico, Pat O'Connell, Dir. Resource Planning, (505) 241-2700, www.pnm.com; Avangrid Renewables, Laura Beane, CEO, www.avangridren.com; NextEra Energy Resources LLC, Zack Melda, Project Director, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid Renewables ,  NextEra Energy,  Public Service Company of New Mexico,  Wind,  Solar,  Facebook,  


NextEra Commissions Bluff Point Indiana Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources,AEP,Appalachian Power
Date: 2017-12-11
Following on our August 30th coverage, NextEra Energy Resources reports the commissioning of the Bluff Point Wind Energy Center in Jay County, Indiana.

The Bluff Point Wind Energy Center incorporates 57 General Electric wind turbines capable of generating almost 120 MW which is being purchased by American Electric Power. AEP will, in turn, service roughly 1 million customers of Appalachian Power in West Virginia, Tennessee and Virginia with the energy generated from Bluff Point. (Source: NextEra Energy Resources, Connerville News Examiner, 8 Dec., 2017) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources LLC, Zack Melda, Project Director, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Appalachian Power, www.appalachianpower.com; AEP, (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources,  AEP,  Appalachian Power,  

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