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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Clean Coal Tech Would Boost Power Costs a Third, DOE Says

LCG, Nov. 2, 2001--Converting older coal-fired power plants that were "grandfathered" under the Clean Air Act to so-called "clean coal technology" would raise the cost of electricity by a third, the Department of Energy said yesterday.

Reducing carbon dioxide and other emissions from these plants, which are mostly in the Midwest and the South, in order to prevent global warming -- something that may not be happening anyway -- would add $9 billion a year to the cost of electricity, according to Mary J. Hutzler, acting head of the Energy information Administration, a unit of the DOE.

Testifying before the Senate Environment and public Works Committee, Hutzler said electricity from the grandfathered plants will cost 33 percent more by 2020 than it would if carbon dioxide were continued to be treated as a non-polluting byproduct of combustion and a lot of other things.

Human beings exhale carbon dioxide when they breathe. Growing plants consume carbon dioxide in the process of photosynthesis, and emit pure oxygen in its place.

Committee Chairman Sen. James Jeffords of Vermont, the Independent who made news when he defected from the Republican Party and tilted the balance of the U.S. Senate in favor of the Democrats, accused Hutzler and the Bush administration of disregarding what he claims are $59 billion in health benefits that would accompany carbon dioxide reductions.

Jeffords is author of pending legislation that would place carbon dioxide on the list of regulated pollutants. The Energy Department says his proposal would raise the total cost of electricity in the U.S. from $2.031 trillion to $2.208 trillion over the next 20 years.

Annual costs, taking into account a decline in consumption of household goods and services as money is diverted to pay for power, would be up to $30 billion.

As many as a third of existing coal-fired power plants would be shut down rather than upgraded as a side-effect of Jeffords' bill, the EIA said.

Ohio Sen. George Voinovich, a Republican, said Jeffords' bill would be "a disaster for my state and for the manufacturing base of the United States. I'm talking about the lifeblood of my state. This legislation is a threat to my economy," he said. "The bottom line is it ain't gonna happen. The president said if it's got carbon in it, he's going to kill it."

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