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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Fitchburg G&E Asks Massachusetts for Rate Hike

LCG, May 29, 2001--Fitchburg Gas & Electric Light Co. subsidiary has asked Massachusetts regulators for authority to increase electric rates to compensate for higher purchased power costs, the utility's parent holding company said Friday.

FG&E asked the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Telecommunications for permission to increase its standard offer service rates. Standard offer service is provided to customers who have not switched to a competitive service provider under the state's deregulation scheme.

When Massachusetts deregulated its electric industry, it created standard offer service for customers of record on March 1, 1998 who either could not switch or chose not to. Another form of service, electric default service, was created for customers who moved into a utility's service territory after March 1, 1998, or who had switched and them switched back to FG&E. Default service customers get power at market rates, without a markup being applied by the utility.

Because standard offer service rates have been below market rates, about 80 percent of FG&E customers get that service. The requested rate hike would result in an increase of between 9 and 13 percent, but the new rates would still be less than the market rate, according to utility spokeswoman Stephanye Schuyler.

If the increase is granted, a typical residential customer using 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month will see an increase of $6.15, or 9.3 percent. The rate hike would go into effect on July 1.

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