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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FERC Okays PG&E Plan to Protect Non-utility Assets

LCG, Jan. 15, 2001The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a plan by PG&E Corp. to make changes in its corporate structure which would shield the bulk of its assets from the credit problems of its Pacific Gas & Electric Co. subsidiary, the Wall Street Journal reported this morning in its on-line edition.

The paper said there were no challenges to the proposal which was announced in a public notice issued on December 28. Consumer advocates said they were unaware that PG&E had made the filing with FERC.

Mike Florio, a lawyer with TURN (The Utility Reform Network, ne Toward Utility Rate Normalization), said he was "astonished" that FERC had approved the company's request without consulting the California Public Utilities Commission.

Alan Glover, the company's bankruptcy attorney, said the idea of the restructuring is "to protect the equity value" of the nonutility parts of PG&E Corp. "so they have independent credit vitality." He said the reorganization was a "neutral act" for utility creditors.

The plan calls for PG&E Corp. to set up a new company that will hold all of the parent corporation's nonutility assets. PG&E Corp. would appoint a seven-member board of control and received all of the new entity's profits.

Credit rating firm Standard & Poor's reacted favorably to FERC's action, noting that the new structure would "ring-fence" PG&E Corp.'s unregulated power trading and merchant power subsidiaries in the event of bankruptcy being forced upon Pacific Gas & Electric.

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