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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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California Okays $400 Million for Power Purchases

LCG, Jan. 19, 2001California Gov. Gray Davis signed two electricity-related bills yesterday evening, one of which will revamp the board of the California Independent System Operator. The other rescinds the portion of the state's 1996 restructuring law that requires the state's investor-owned utilities to sell their non-nuclear power plants.

Neither measure promised much help for Californians who endured a second day of rolling blackouts.

But late yesterday the legislature approved a measure that would provide $400 million to the California Department of Water Resources so it can continue to purchase power for the state's two largest electric utilities, which have been impoverished by subsidizing customers.

Davis said he would sign that bill today. "We're being asked to keep the lights on," he said. "If it requires some money, then money will be appropriated."

State Senate President Pro-Tem John Burton, a San Francisco Democrat, introduced a bill yesterday that would create a public power authority to finance construction of new power plants, help modernize older plants and finance energy conservation programs.

Burton said he was "taking aim at the astronomical energy prices in California."

The state Senate also debated a measure, passed on Tuesday by the Assembly, that would allow the Department of Water Resources to enter into long-term contracts with power producers to purchase electricity at no more than 5.5 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Some lawmakers questioned whether a state agency would be able to buy power that cheap. Power producers have said the soaring price of natural gas, the fuel of choice for thermal power plants in California, has made the rock-bottom price somewhere around 7 cents or 8 cents, even for a lot of power over a long period.

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