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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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National Guard on Duty at Four More Entergy Nukes

LCG, Nov. 1, 2001--Entergy Corp. said yesterday that three southern states have ordered National Guard troops to pull guard duty at four of its nuclear power stations, following a warning by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft of possible new terrorist attacks.

Entergy, which is the third-largest U.S. power generator, said it had asked for the National Guard troops because of a generally heightened state of alert. "This involves no specific threat but there is a general credible threat against nuclear facilities and we are taking what we believe are appropriate precautions," spokesman Phil Fisher said.

The National Guard was called out to protect Entergy nuclear plants in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Similar action was taken last month to protect Entergy nukes in New York and Massachusetts.

The company said it had initiated discussions with the governors of the three southern states following Ashcroft's warning Monday that terrorist attacks may be carried out in the next week against unspecified U.S. targets at home or overseas.

The office of the governor of Arkansas said in a statement "In response to concerns about terrorist threats, Entergy has requested assistance from Gov. Huckabee and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management to increase security at Arkansas Nuclear One," a two-reactor plant about 70 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Fisher said "We have no reason to believe that any attack is planned against Arkansas Nuclear One or any other nuclear plant that we are aware of."

But everyone will feel better with a few platoons of armed men wearing camouflage fatigues walking the perimeter of Entergy's nuclear power plants.

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