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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California to Pay Fine for Ethics Violation

LCG, March 8, 2002-California's Department of Water Resources (DWR) admitted it did not require 52 energy consultants to reveal accounts and will incur a $69,500 fine.

During last year's energy crisis, many DWR staff, hired at the last minute to help the state buy power, neglected to disclose information regarding energy deals, stock holdings and other energy investments. "In some of these instances, we had a delay in notifying the consultant of their obligation to file. Essentially, we were late," said DWR spokesman Oscar Hidalgo.

In July last year Secretary of State Bill Jones charged that consultants bought power for California from companies in which they personally owned stock. Five were dismissed in August. Those who failed to give statements were more than 100 days late providing the required information.

The DWR avoided paying the maximum fine of $260,000, which still pales in comparison with the $43 billion worth of contracts that California signed. Criminal investigation by Attorney General Bill Lockyer is ongoing.

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