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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Minnesota Power in Long-term Coal Delivery Contract

LCG, May 30, 2001--Minnesota Power Co. said yesterday it had reached agreement with the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Co. for transportation of coal to two of the utility's power plants, the Boswell Energy Center near Grand Rapids and to the Laskin Energy Center near Hoyt Lakes.

The company said the agreement makes it unnecessary for it to pursue construction of an alternative railroad line to serve the Boswell Energy Center.

Don Shippar, chief operating officer of Minnesota power, noted that fuel costs represent the major portion of the electricity purchased by the utility's customers. "Over the next several years, this new agreement will provide ongoing stability in our fuel delivery costs. In addition, this contract will keep our generating plants competitive in the wholesale energy market," he said.

Under terms of the agreement, the railroad will ship all of the utility's coal needs for the two plants more than four million tons a year through 2011. Minnesota Power said it uses low-sulfur, sub-bituminous coal exclusively from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming.

Of course, that was when the Burlington was the Burlington and the Santa Fe was the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe.

"Do you hear that whistle down the line? I reckon that it's engine number forty-nine. She's the only one that sounds that way, on the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe."

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