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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New England ISO's Market Design Approved by FERC

LCG, Sep. 30, 2002--ISO New England's market design proposal, reflecting elements similar to those in the market run by PJM Interconnection, the mid-Atlantic grid operator, was largely approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week.

The most important features of the proposal include "designated congestion areas," where known supply problems exist; a transition to locational marginal pricing within 18 months, in order to reflect the spatial variation in supply and demand; a system to auction financial transmission rights, by which owners of rights can earn revenue; and a demand management program to pay customers to reduce demand. The one area over which dissent was expressed was the level of installed capacity payments, which Commissioner Nora Brownell thought insufficient to draw long-term investment.

Although ISO New England and the New York Independent System Operator have discussed a merger between their market operations, some New England states have resisted, fearing that power supply would flow to New York. FERC commented that although upcoming market rules it will finalize in 2004 could lead to necessary changes in market rules, the current proposal "benefits customers by accepting improvements to New England's markets, including a day-ahead and real-time market, locational marginal pricing, mechanisms to mitigate market power, demand response programs, and a capacity resource mechanism."
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