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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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CA ISO Wants District Court to Dismiss FERC's Governance Suit

LCG, September 17, 2002-The California Independent System Operator has asked a U.S. District Court to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it by FERC regarding replacing ISO board members.

As a part of the continuing difference of opinion over energy market control between sederal and state agencies, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission sued the California Independent System Operator August 16 after the ISO board neglected to replace itself or file relevant information with FERC by FERC's deadline of August 15.

The ISO and the governor, as well as California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, find the FERC order to be an inappropriate "power grab" by FERC, and the ISO now says that the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia has not been shown to have jurisdiction in the case.

On Friday the ISO requested that the federal court drop FERC's lawsuit.

Governor Gray Davis appointed its five members to the California ISO board in January of last year. The ISO is responsible for reliability of electricity transmission in California.

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