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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Korean Union Members Strike Against Privatization

LCG, March 8, 2002-A thirteen hour talk with Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) failed to progress as over 5,000 union members continue an illegal strike.

Workers at the South Korean monopoly fear for their jobs as the country prepares for privatizing power. The illegal strike is in its twelfth day, and warrants have been issued for union leaders, although police have made no arrests yet.

Labor Minister Bang Yong-seok said that the government will privatize regardless of strikers and sees "zero possibility to change this policy." KEPCO, having been split into six pieces, plans to sell of all but the sixth part, which leaves nuclear and hydroelectric power to the state.

1,000 temporary workers have been hired, but union leaders refuse to back down. If the government goes through with privatization, the Korean Confederation of Trade Union, consisting of some 600,000 members, says it will join in a sympathy strike.

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