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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Afghanis Get Power Assistance from Turkmenistan

LCG, March 18, 2002-Several energy projects were approved earlier this month with the intent of restructuring Afghanistan's power infrastructure.

In Asgabat, Turkmenistans president Saparmyat Turkembasy and Afghan head administrator Hamed Karzai met and signed documents to collaborate on energy-related development. Turkmenistan is apparently ready and willing to assist Afghanistan in improving its energy supply.

Afghanistan already buys electricity from neighboring Turkmenistan to power northern Afghanistan, but transmitted power is not sufficient for Afghanistan's planned reconstruction.

Turkmenistan will assist the expansion and modernization of power distribution in Afghanistan, including building a $1.5 million 50 MW line from southern Turkmenistan into Afghanistan to Mazar-e Sharif. Several other projects were agreed upon to build lines to Kabul and Kandahar. Total expenses were projected to be about $500 million.

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