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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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Germany to Resume Nuke Fuel Shipments to BNFL

LCG, Jan. 23, 2001Germany's Federal Office of Radiation Protection said yesterday it has authorized resumption of shipments of spent nuclear fuel to a reprocessing plant owned by British Nuclear Fuels Ltd.

The shipment to BNFL's Sellafield plant were halted in May 1998 after containers were found to leak more than the allowable amount of radiation, and new shipments will be made on the condition that international safety standards are strictly adhered to, said Wolfram Knig, chief of the radiation agency.
Shipments of spent fuel to a French reprocessing plant were resumed last September.

Germany's anti-nuke activists, who have frequently tried to disrupt movement of radioactive material, see the resumption of the shipments to Sellafield, which makes useable nuclear fuel out of spent fuel, as a weakening of Germany's resolve to shut down all of its nuclear reactors.

Fritz Kuhn, a member of the minority Greens party of Gerhard Schrder's coalition government, urged protesters not to interfere with plans to bring nuclear waste back to Germany from the French reprocessing plant in March.

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