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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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Energy East Files for RTO

LCG, March 14, 2002-Yesterday the Energy East Corporation called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to create a Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) responsible for areas served by PJM Interconnection, LLC, ISO-New England, and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO).

Subsidiaries of Energy East came together to encourage FERC to follow through with the July 2001 order to create an RTO that would regulate the three ISO's. The companies insist that the new RTO would allow for a more reliable and competitive market. Senior Vice President of Energy East Denis Wickham insisted, "A three-region RTO is a tremendous opportunity to provide consumers benefitsWith FERC's leadership, interested parties need to focus on the benefits of a larger RTO and the transitional tools needed to eliminate the concerns about short-term winners and losers. We are convinced that consumers in the Northeast will ultimately benefit from lower costs, enhanced competition and increased reliability with a PJM-New York-New England RTO."

Energy East wants to avoid the formation of a smaller New York, New Jersey RTO, saying that a smaller RTO might be risky and could not provide the same benefit to customers as the proposed Northeast RTO.

The creation of an RTO in the Northeast would shift control from individual states to the federal government.

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