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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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California Files New Complaint Against Power Companies

LCG, Mar. 21, 2002--California's Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday, alleging that generators had not responded to record-keeping rules regarding their rates.

In a prepared statement, Lockyer said, "by not filing their rates, either before of after the fact, wholesale power providers have managed to evade any meaningful rate regulation by FERC." The complaint said that generators had not filed quarterly explanations of their costs, and did not detail their rates with FERC when the state's Department of Water Resources made short-term purchases.

FERC received a complaint from Lockyer in 2001 asking for up to $9 billion in charges to be refunded. The agency has said that it will have a response to that complaint in August, and has signaled that any refunds would not match the full amount California is seeking.

Gary Ackerman, who represents the Western Power Trading Forum for generators and traders, said Lockyer's suit gives an inaccurate picture of the information generators were required by federal rules to report. "This has no basis in any federal legislation or statute. It's just not there," Ackerman told the Sacramento Bee.
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