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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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Judge Denies Attempt to Block SoCal Ed Recovery Deal

KLCG, Nov. 29, 2001--Southern California Edison Co. said yesterday that an appeals court had denied a motion from an anti-utility activist group seeking to block a deal which the utility believes will save it from bankruptcy.

An agreement between the utility and the California Public Utilities Commission would allow the company to recover about $3.3 billion with which to pay debts that have it teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.

A group called Toward Utility Rate Normalization (TURN) had filed a motion to block the agreement with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco after federal judge Ronald Lew rejected a similar request.

John Bryson, chief executive of SoCal Ed's parent Edison International Inc., said "We and the CPUC continue to believe that the settlement is fair and reasonable to the parties, creditors and our customers and establishes a sound path to restoring (SoCal Ed's) financial health."

SoCal Ed estimates that it ran up debts of $6.35 billion subsidizing low electric rates for its customers. Under California's failed electric restructuring law, the state's three investor-owned utilities were forced to purchase wholesale power at market prices and sell the same power at rates frozen 10 percent below those in effect in 1997.

The scheme seemed to be working until it became apparent that California had insufficient generation resources to meet its demand. At that time, the law of supply and demand took effect and sent wholesale power prices soaring.

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