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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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Cow Power

LCG, March 15, 2002--Energy Northwest considers manure as a viable source of electricity.

The public power provider has been investigating the possibility of using methane from dairy cows to power a 3 or 4 megawatt power plant. Cows in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho may be involved with producing "biogas;" the northwest constitutes eight percent of U.S. dairy production.

Right now cows can produce a little less than a third of a kilowatt per cow, although some studies report up to nine-tenths of a kilowatt. Naturally occurring bacteria produces the methane from manure and can be put to efficient use by mixing manure and water in a tank at elevated temperatures (130 F). Methane gas rises from the liquid and is ready to be combusted in a modified diesel generator.

While the fuel may be free, a methane plant will cost almost three times as much per kilowatt as wind power. Energy Northwest business developer Stan Davison said that the cost is justified because manure-powered plants can operate at 90 percent, instead of the 30 percent that wind yields yearly.

Energy Northwest has yet to find investors for the project.

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