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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Consumer Advocates Ask Iowa Regulators to Limit Interstate Rates

LCG, September 19, 2002-The OCA, Iowa's consumer advocate, has requested that electricity regulators lower annual rates by $22.4 million.

After inspecting financial information of Alliant Energy Corporation, parent to Interstate Power & Light Company, consumer advocates found that utility assets were used as the guarantee on $952 million borrowed by a separate Alliant Energy subsidiary.

The OCA has said that the holding company would have the capability of using Interstate Power & Light's capital to benefit shareholders by improving electricity rates for itself. The OCA believes that any benefits should be passed on to ratepayers, who financed asset purchases in the first place. Therefore, OCA has requested that Iowa regulators limit Interstate Power & Light's rates, as opposed to allowing the $82 million rate increase that the company requested previously.

Interstate Power & Light finds the logic requisite of a "leap," noting that ratepayers do not take investment risks like shareholders and that any revenue reduction would be seriously harmful to the utility.

A hearing has been planned for October 22.

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