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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San Francisco Offered Peaking Turbines

LCG, DEc. 16, 2002--As part of a settlement between California and Williams Energy Cos. on multi-billion-dollar energy contracts, San Francisco has the option to finance construction of four gas turbines, which would be provided at no cost by the energy company.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote today on whether to accept the turbines, which would be delivered along with $12 million out of $147 million being paid by Williams Energy to California as part of the settlement. If the turbines operate within the city, the Department of Water Resources would purchase their output under a 10-year contract, after which the city would be able to operate the plants as it needs.

The capacity of the units, which are peaking turbines, is a total of 200 megawatts, compared to the 163-megawatt Hunters Point plant owned by PG&E. Mayor Willie Brown, environmentalists and residents within the Hunters Point district have called for Hunters Point being shut down, due to its being a source of pollution. The city receives much of its electric power from plants not on the peninsula, with transmission lines delivering power through San Mateo County. Roughly 30 percent of San Francisco's usage depends on Hunters Point and the Potrero Hill plant, owned by Mirant.

A federal deadline of Jan. 1, 2005 for new clean air standards to take effect may necessitate a retrofit of Hunters Point, if it is not shut down at that time. The turbines being proposed would reportedly produce 16 times less ozone-creating pollution than Hunters Point.
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