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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Aquila Rating Hovers Around Junk

LCG, Sep. 4, 2002--The revenue earned by Aquila from regulated operations may not be high enough to enable it to meet its obligations, make capital expenditures, and issue dividends, according to Moody's Investors Service.

While Moody's downgraded the energy company's debt to junk, Standard & Poor's issued a rating of "BBB-minus," a lower investment grade than the previous "BBB" rating. As a result of the negative outlook, Aquila has had to pay $192 million earlier than it might have otherwise. It has tried to raise capital by selling $1 billion of assets, and had earlier cut its dividend by 42%.

The company president and chief executive, Robert K. Green, said, "We've been preparing to conduct business operations under this possible scenario and will continue to deliver safe, reliable and economical energy to our customers." Aquila, formerly Utilicorp United, is based in Kansas City, Mo.
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