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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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AES Asks for Okay to Bring Back Two Retired SoCal Units

LCG, Jan. 12, 2001-AES Corp. asked the California Energy Commission yesterday for approval of a plan to restart two retired natural gas-fired units at its Huntington Beach, Calif., power plant. If approved, the proposal will add 450 megawatts to the state's starved electric system.

The facility, operated by AES Huntington Beach, was acquired from Southern California Edison Co. SoCal Edison had retired Units 3 and 4 of the plant in 1995. The active units, 1, 2 and 5, produce a total of about 475 megawatts.

The company said it would upgrade and improve the reliability of old boilers, replace obsolete controls, and install up-to-date emissions controls before putting Units 3 and 4 back to work. It said the two units could return to service as early as June 1.

Ed Blackburn, Huntington Beach site manager, said "We are attempting to answer the Governor's call to address the electricity crisis with the refurbishment of Units 3 & 4. But AES needs tremendous support from State and local officials to make this happen."

AES said that in order to have the units ready for operation on June 1, the permitting process needs to be complete before March 1. "This is an exceptionally aggressive timeline for permit approval. We do believe, however, the critical demand for electricity in California, coupled with the fact that we are simplyupgrading and restarting an existing generation site, makes this project the 'poster child' for fast trackaction," said Blackford.

We'll be watching. The California Energy Commission has already said the information furnished by AES was "inadequate."

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