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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Davis Names Aide to California Public Utilities Commission

LCG, Jan. 4, 2001California Gov. Gray Davis yesterday appointed John Stevens, his leading advisor over the past six months on energy matters, to the state Public utilities Commission, the regulatory body set to vote today on a rate increase for the state's two largest electric utilities.

The appointment gives the Democrat governor a three-to-two majority on the panel, which is headed by Davis appointee Loretta Lynch.

The appointment of Stevens could be bad news for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison Co., both of which say they will run out of money within a month if they are not allowed to charge customers the full price paid for electricity delivered to them

For more than six months, the utilities have been paying up to $1.50 per kilowatt-hour for electricity they are forced to sell to consumers for a nickel per kilowatt-hour. They say those customers now owe them close to $9 billion.

Stevens, along with Lynch and Carl Wood, a third Davis appointee, are expected to take the populist course and allow the utilities to add a penny to what they charge for a kilowatt-hour of electricity.

According to Wall Street, that will not save the companies from insolvency.

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