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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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FERC Would Allow California More Imports from Mexico

LCG, Mar. 28, 2002--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has stated that costs associated with investment in transmission lines between San Diego and Mexico would be allowed by the agency.

The FERC Chairman, Pat Wood, believes that the savings made possible by increased imports could reach $26 million for customers in San Diego, and $174 million per year for all of California. Initial upgrades, which are projected to allow 1,360 megawatts of generation imports to California, would bring savings of $3 million to San Diego and $10 million to the state, according to the FERC.

San Diego Gas and Electric Co., a subsidiary of Sempra, would be allowed to include the costs of line upgrades to the Miguel-Mission and Imperial Valley lines in rates. The final capacity of the lines could be 3,810 megawatts.

The FERC is now awaiting a filing by the California Independent System Operator (ISO) in May that will contain restructuring plans by the grid operator. The FERC felt that market design was responsible in part for the severity of California's power crisis in 2001. The importance of restructuring details is made more immediate by the approaching end of wholesale price caps imposed by FERC. The caps are set to expire on September 30.
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