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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 Lawmakers in Special Session on Nuclear Plant

LCG, Jan. 29, 2001The Taiwan legislature was called into special session for tomorrow and Wednesday in an effort to confirm the decision by Prime Minister Chang Chun-hsiung to discontinue construction of a controversial fourth nuclear power plant on the island.

However, lawmakers favoring finishing the plant plan to turn the session into a renewed effort to restart construction.

Earlier this month, Taiwan's constitutional court ruled that Chang and his cabinet were wrong to scrap the plant without support of the legislature, but stopped short of calling the action unconstitutional. In its ruling, the Council of Grand Justices said the government should report to the legislature on its decision to halt construction of the plant.

The court said that if the legislature voted against the government decision to scrap the plant, there were three options: Chang could resign, a no confidence vote could be taken against his government, or legislation could be passed requiring that the plant be finished.

The Nationalist Party, which lost the presidential election to the Democratic Progressives in last year's elections, favors completion of the nuclear plant and retains a majority in the legislature.

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