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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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Enron Close to Pulling Out of India

LCG, May 21, 2001Inching toward a decision that could devastate India's desire to attract foreign investment to infrastructure projects, U.S. energy company Enron Corp. on Saturday took a significant step that could result in the failure of the largest such investment on the subcontinent.

Enron's 65 percent-owned Dabhol Power Co. issued a preliminary notice to terminate its contract to sell electricity to the Indian state of Maharashtra, saying that both the state and the federal government of India were reneging on contracts signed in 1995.

"After months of working with the Maharashtra State Electricity Board, and the governments of Maharashtra and India to find solutions, it is apparent that they are unwilling to honor their offtake commitments for the entire power station," Dabhol said in a statement.

From Houston, Enron backed up its Indian subsidiary. "The preliminary termination notice is a clear signal as it moves us closer to termination of the agreement. If the current problems are not resolved then ultimately (Dabhol) and its lenders and shareholders will still have a recourse to substantial remedies for termination damages under the agreement," an Enron spokesman said.

The preliminary notice sets in motion a six-month "cooling off" period during which parties to the dispute will attempt to resolve their differences. Dabhol has said it will be happy to talk, but added that it would not under any circumstances renegotiate terms of the 1995 agreements.

The 2,184 megawatt gas-fired Dabhol power plant on India's west coast not far from Bombay is largest foreign investment. The 740 megawatt first phase of the project began producing power last year and the Maharashtra State Electricity Board almost immediately began delaying payment for power delivered to it. Each month, Dabhol has been forced to invoke first the guarantees of Maharashtra state and then those of India itself in order to get paid.

With the 1,444 megawatt second phase of the project scheduled to begin commercial operation next month, the electricity board, backed by Maharashtra state, has said it does not need the power after all and is attempting to back out of its obligation to purchase the plant's output.

Dabhol's statement said the company was amenable to "constructive discussion on solutions," but also said the only acceptable solution would be for the parties contractually obligated to purchase Dabhol's power to actually buy it or find other creditworthy buyers.

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