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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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SoCal Ed Special Session Put Off a Week

LCG, Sept. 28, 2001--California Gov. Gray Davis yesterday called a special session of the state legislature for October 9 in an effort to get legislation passed that would save the state's second-largest utility, Southern California Edison Co., from bankruptcy.

The governor's office had said earlier this week that the special session would be called for October 2 -- next Tuesday.

Steve Maviglio, the governor's spokesman, said the delay would be used to build political support for the SoCal Ed "rescue" package. "We've had constructive talks all week and we want to continue those talks," he said.

"This is a time of great economic uncertainty," Davis said in a statement announcing the session. "Another utility bankruptcy is not in anyone's interest."

Davis faces two huge obstacles in his effort to keep SoCal Ed out of bankruptcy court, where the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. put itself in April when it sought protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy law.

In the first place, two of SoCal Ed's leading creditors, Mirant Corp. and Reliant Energy inc., have been openly seeking support for a petition that would force the Southern California company into involuntary bankruptcy. It only take three creditors to file such a petition and the utility has hundreds of creditors who are nervous about getting their money.

The other hurdle is gaining support from lawmakers, even those within his own Democrat Party. When the legislature adjourned for the year on September 15 without passing a SoCal Ed bailout measure, Democrat Sen. John Burton, president pro tem of the state Senate, said "We should have killed this baby once and for all," referring to the rescue package.

Burton said at the time that the SoCal Ed legislation had support of only seven members of the 40-member chamber.

A third problem for Davis might be that one or both houses of the legislature might simply refuse to convene a special session. Sources in the state Senate said that Burton would only return for a special session if an agreement had been reached and progress in the past few days indicated that a deal was possible.

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