AWEA Issues Fourth Quarter 2019 Market Report

LCG, February 7, 2020--The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently released its new U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2019 Market Report. AWEA reports new wind turbine installations have added 5,476 MW of electric generating capacity during the fourth quarter, which results in 2019 installations totaling 9,143 MW. The total installations represent an increase over 2018, but the total for 2019 falls short of total annual installations for 2015 and 2016. In addition to new capacity additions, developers completed 2,500 MW of turbine repowerings for the year.

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Duke Energy Florida Announces New Solar Power Projects

LCG, January 29, 2020--Duke Energy Florida (DEF) Monday announced the locations of its two newest solar power plants that will provide a combined installed capacity of nearly 150 MW. DEF is investing an estimated $1 billion to construct or acquire a total of 700 MW of cost-effective solar power facilities from 2018 through 2022 in Florida, and planning for another 1,500 MW of solar generation through 2028.

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California Regulators May Allow 20 Percent Rate Hike

LCG, Jan. 3, 2001The California Public Utilities Commission staff will recommend that the state's two largest electric utilities be granted "interim" rate increases of up to 20 percent, a source close to the Commission hearings said this morning.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has been pushing for a 26 percent rate increase and Southern California Edison Co. has asked for 30 percent. Both companies say they will want more later, to pay for close to $9 billion in subsidies they have been forced to grant electricity customers.

A 20 percent rate increase would add between $10.50 and $13.00 to the typical householder's monthly electric bill.

The Commission began two days of hearings into the rate increase last Wednesday, but they spilled over into this week. The Commission staff will propose the rate increase, possibly late today, and the Commission will discuss and vote on it tomorrow.

In Sacramento, state lawmakers were expected to take up the state's electricity problems today in a special session of the Legislature called by Gov. Gray Davis.

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