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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Federal Judge Won't Block SoCal Ed Settlement

LCG, Nov. 12, 2001--U.S. District Judge Ronald Lew on Friday refused to delay a settlement between Southern California Edison Co. and state regulators designed to allow the utility to recover $3.3 billion of its debts and help the utility avoid bankruptcy.

A San Francisco-based consumer "watchdog" organization, The Utility Reform Network (TURN), had asked the court for a stay of the agreement reached between SoCal Ed and the California public utilities Commission.

Judge Lew, who had approved that settlement on October 5, said further delay would risk harming the utility, its creditors, its customers and the general public. He called TURN's arguments "repetitive" and "without merit."

Michael Strumwasser, a TURN lawyer, said "We are not surprised that Judge Lew turned us down given his prior rulings," and promised to pursue a stay in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

The utility said it was confident that the settlement would not be derailed. "This ruling reaffirms that settlement. We're pleased. It's an important step in the process," said Stephen Pickett, a SoCal Ed attorney.

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