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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Terrorist Threat Could Scuttle Maryland LNG Plant

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday met with state and local officials to discussnational security concerns connected with restarting a liquefied natural gas plant near the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in southern Maryland.

Last month, FERC gave permission to The Williams Cos. to reopen and expand the company's Cove Point liquefied natural gas plant despite concerns that the facility could be subject to sabotage that would threaten a nearby nuclear plant owned by Baltimore utility Constellation Energy Group.

Massachusetts officials shut down an LNG terminal in Boston following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Officials feared an LNG tanker entering Boston harbor could be subject to sabotage, causing massive damage.

Democrat Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland had demanded that FERC reconsider its approval order from last month. "You must carefully consider the fact that the Cove Point facility is within 3.5 miles of the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant and the ships that carry liquefied natural gas from Algeria or other countries will be under foreign flag with foreign crews," Mikulski said in a letter to FERC.

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