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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Mirant Looking for Partner to Provide Credit Support

LCG, Mar. 6, 2002--The power producer and energy trading company Mirant Corp. is in talks with potential providers of capital to bolster its trading operations.

Marce Fuller, Mirant's chief executive, confirmed the talks, which he told a Morgan Stanley-sponsored investor conference are being conducted with commercial banks, investment banks and insurance companies. If a deal is reached by June 30, as Mirant intends, the company would no longer need to support its trading by putting up $500 million of its own capital to provide liquidity.

Jeffrey Gildersleeve, an analyst with Argus Research, said, "you're at a disadvantage when you don't have a solid financial backbone. Potential customers might shy away." With its balance sheet under greater scrutiny following the collapse of Enron and retreating from its aggressive development of new power plants, Mirant hopes to improve its credit rating, downgraded to junk status by Moody's in December.

If Moody's were to restore the company's credit rating, it would mark an exceptionally fast reversal from the rating service, Fuller noted. While the company's creditworthiness is being monitored closely, in Gildersleeve's opinion, "it has become consensus that Mirant management has been extremely proactive in shoring up its balance sheet and proving its financial strength." One move in that direction was the sale of German utility Bewag AG, a deal worth about $1.2 billion.
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