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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SoCal Edison Cuts 1,450 More Jobs

LCG, Jan 8, 2001Southern California Edison Co. said late Friday that it planned to eliminate 1,450 jobs over the next few months, over and above the 400 layoffs it announced in late December. Together, the cuts amount to about 15 percent of the utility's workforce.

The layoffs are part of an emergency plan to reduce expenditures in 2001 by close to a half-billion dollars.

In a news release, SoCal Edison said the austerity program "will affect virtually every operation of the company, including a $100 million reduction in spending this year for electric system operations, maintenance and new investments. One outcome from this is that electric system components will be replaced only after they fail or are judged likely to fail soon."

The affected workers will know whom to thank. Patrick Lavin of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 47, said the company told the union in a letter that "Workforce reductions will be included as a result of the too-little, too-late" one cent per kilowatt-hour rate increase granted last Thursday be the California Public Utilities Commission.

Lavin Thinks service will suffer as a result of the job cuts. "This is work that isn't going to get done," he said, and SoCal Edison concedes the point but adds that any outages that occur won't be the fault of poor maintenance.

Richard Rosenblum, the company's senior vice president for transmission and distribution, told a radio audience Friday that the penny-ante rate raise allowed by CPUC has increased the likelyhood of outages. "If such outages occur, as many as 20 percent to 40 percent of (our) customers could be without power at any one time," he said.

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