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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British Energy Takes Over Ontario Nukes

LCG, May 14, 2001Ontario Power Generation said on Saturday that it had closed a transaction under which a joint venture between British Energy Plc, the big UK nuclear generator, and uranium supplier Cameco Corp. will become operator of OPG's Bruce nuclear power plants.

British Energy will initially own 85 Percent of the venture, to be called Bruce Power, but that will drop to 79.8 percent as two unions representing workers at the plants take up a combined 5.2 percent interest by 2003. Cameco will own the other 15 percent.

Under the deal, Bruce Power becomes the licensed operator of the four-unit, 3,140 megawatt Bruce B station and also of shuttered Bruce A, which also has four reactors. Two of the Bruce A units may be restarted, adding 1,500 megawatts.

All of the output from the Bruce plants will be sold into the Ontario wholesale power market, which is scheduled to open to competition in May of next year. Until then, the output will be sold to OPG under transitional arrangements.

The Bruce nuclear plants are located about 150 miles northwest of Toronto.

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