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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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White House Calls California Power Interests Together

LCG, Jan. 5, 2001The Clinton administration has called California Gov. Gray Davis and officials of his state's two largest electric utilities to a White House meeting next week in an effort to resolve the energy crisis in the Golden State, the Washington Post reported this morning.

The Post noted that California's economy is larger than that of all but five countries, but its utilities are threatened with bankruptcy and many of its businesses and consumers with soaring electricity bills. As the crisis has grown, so has rhetorical heat in California with more finger pointing than problem solving going on.

Administration officials said they hope that by bringing all sides to the White House they can establish a new tone for negotiation and forge a compromise, the Post said.

"We feel that this is a serious enough situation that every party has to be willing to compromise andgo the extra mile to find a way out," a senior administration official told the Post. "We believe every effortshould be made to bring the parties together in search of at least a temporary solution."

Steve Maviglio, a spokesman for Davis, said the governor hoped federal energy regulators would be told to cap the wholesale price of power. "That's the big kahuna for us," he said.

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