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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Upstate New York Customers Will Pay 13% Less for Electricity

LCG, Mar. 1, 2002--A five-year rate settlement between New York state regulators and New York State Electric & Gas Corp. will bring down electric rates for 825,000 customers by 13 percent.

NYSEG is the second-largest utility in upstate New York, serving several Buffalo suburbs. The contentious path to the final rate agreement came after NYSEG suggested last March that it be allowed to freeze its rates for seven years. The proposal was offered as a contrast to volatile prices at the wholesale level in California.

The response to the plan was that NYSEG's rates were nonetheless among the highest in the country, and 23 percent above those of Rochester Gas & Electric Corp. (The Public Service Commission approved a deal in which NYSEG would acquire RG&E earlier this week.) NYSEG revised its terms to include a three percent rate cut, and a freeze for six years.

The cut agreed upon takes effect today, meaning residential customers will be charged 12.2 cents per kilowatt-hour, rather than the 14 cents they have been paying. Flexible terms are available to all customers, who can purchase electricity at market prices rather than at a fixed rate, expected to be five percent above market prices based on forecasts. They may also limit their purchases from NYSEG entirely to delivery services, and buy electricity from another company altogether.
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