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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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Calpine Unit Plans 800 Megawatt Georgia Plant

LCG, Jan. 18, 2001Calpine Corp. said yesterday its SkyGen Energy unit plans to build an 800 megawatt natural gas-fired cogeneration plant in Augusta, Ga. The facility will provide thermal energy to DSM Chemicals North America Inc. and sell electric power in the regional wholesale market.

Steam from the new facility will replace thermal energy DSM generates from on-site boilers. The chemical firm will retain the boilers for secondary and backup needs and will supply the Augusta Energy Center with condensate and makeup water.

The facility will be located on about 25 acres of land leased from DSM adjacent to the chemical plant, Calpine said.

Calpine will manage engineering and design, construction, and operations of the project as it movespast the development stage. The construction of the cogeneration facility is expected to begin in thespring, but now completion target was announced.

Bill Price, president of DSM, said "The Augusta Energy Center will be one of the most efficient power plants built in Georgia. It will provide important energy cost savings for DSM while safeguarding the environment. During normal operations, air emissions from the Augusta site will be reduced as a result of this facility."

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