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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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Business Group Supports New Wisconsin Transmission Line

LCG, Jan. 3, 2001A group called Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce yesterday urgedfor approval of a new electric transmission line through the northern part of the state, saying the new facilities were necessary to ensure adequate energy for Wisconsin homes and businesses.

The Arrowhead-Weston line has drawn fire from farmers whose land it would cross and environmentalists despite annual summer power shortages in the state. The line is planned so that more electric power can be imported from Minnesota and Canada.

Eric Borgerding, the group's director of legislative relations, said failure to approve the line "couldcondemn Wisconsin workers and their families to years of economic darkness."

That may be a stretch, but Borgerding noted that "Despite aggressive conservation efforts, our state's electricity usage continues to grow at a rate of 3 percent per year. At times when electricity is in greatest demand, our undersized, aging transmission system simply can't keep up."

For the past three years, Wisconsin industries have been subjected to voluntary load curtailment, when large customers with interruptible contracts reduce usage in order to relieve strain of the power system. "In the thirty years since we built our last major power line, our transmission system that bringsenergy into Wisconsin has become clogged, choking off the lifeblood of our economy," Borgerding said.

"Growth in this demand is an undeniable fact. We cannot wait for promised new technologies wehope will meet our energy needs some time down the road. We cannot conserve our way out of thisproblem. We cannot build enough windmills, assuming there is no local opposition, to even comeclose to meeting our electricity demand growth. We cannot sit by and discuss 'preferred' alternativesto Arrowhead-Weston that have not been proposed and have no sponsors. We cannot becomeCalifornia," he concluded.

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