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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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Meeting Today Between FERC and CAISO

LCG, Dec. 9, 2002--After agreeing to allow California's Independent System Operator to implement a day-ahead market over a year later than a previous deadline, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will meet with the state grid operator in Washington today to discuss market changes.

The FERC had told California officials that a day-ahead market was to be in place by Jan. 31, 2003, but has now ordered that monthly progress reports be submitted on the state's market design, with changes to be fully in place by June 2004. A day-ahead market must be operational by February 2004, the agency has said.

"We are going to tell FERC that this is the timing that allows us to move forward and put in place the best practices. We don't just want to get it done, but to get it done right, " said Gregg Fishman, the ISO spokesman. One concern that the FERC stressed in its order was the need for California to take into account and work with market authorities in the Pacific Northwest and Southwest.

Changes that are foreseen include locational pricing rather than a single statewide market-clearing price, in order to send clearer market signals to participants, and changes to the ISO's ability to impose penalties. Since Oct. 30th, a revised, higher price cap has been in place with no significant problems. In addition, a mechanism to identify and counteract bids thought to be manipulative is active.
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