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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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Taiwan Court Says Decision to Scrap Nuke is Flawed

LCG, Jan. 15, 2001Taiwan's 15-member Council of Grand Justices said today in a highly anticipated ruling that the decision by Premier Ghang Chun-hsiung to scrap a partly finished nuclear power plant was "procedurally flawed," but stopped short of saying Chang had acted unconstitutionally.

The justices said Chang, whose decision to halt construction on Taiwan's fourth nuclear power plant was announced October 27, should have first sought approval from the legislature.

Pro-nuclear opposition parties, apparently aware of the justices' decision over the weekend, said they would not demand Chang's resignation but will ask him to accept political responsibility for his decision to scrap the plant.

Chang had asked the Council of Grand Justices to rule on his decision after the Nationalist Party, with the support of other opposition parties, asked for the ouster of President Chen Chui-bian in retaliation for his administration's "unconstitutional disrespect" for the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's legislature.

The leader of the legislative caucus of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, Lee Wen-chung, said Chang's resignation would not be necessary if he submits his plan to halt the nuclear plant to the Legislative Yuan.

Today's decision by the justices is seen as leaving some wiggle room for the minority Democratic Progressives. It also means that the nuclear plant may not be dead. Construction could continue if the Chang's opposition in the Legislative Yuan, which holds a majority of seats, overrules the closure.

The plant, which is about one-third complete, would be Taiwan's fourth nuke and would have a capacity of 2,700 megawatts.

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