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Tampa Electric Plans to $800 Million Investment in New Solar Power Generation

LCG, February 24, 2020--Tampa Electric recently announced plans to expand its use of solar power to meet customer needs in Florida. The company plans to invest approximately $800 million to add 600 MW of solar electric generating capacity by the end of 2023, when the total solar capacity would exceed 1,250 MW. Solar power will then account for about 14 percent of the utility's energy.

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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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Power Outages Affect 500,000 in Northern California

LCG, DEc. 16, 2002--The San Francisco Bay Area experienced over 300,000 customer power outages and nearby areas another 200,000, all caused by a winter storm packing high winds this weekend.

The most serious damage resulted on Saturday, when lines were brought down in many communities by gusts that rarely dropped below 20 to 30 mph. Much stronger winds worsened the situation, as power workers for PG&E responded to constant calls from residents.

Some 40,000 customers lost power in San Francisco and the Peninsula, as did 20,000 in San Jose, 46,000 in towns to San Jose's north, and 17,000 around Santa Cruz, where 9 inches of rain fell in 48 hours. As of Sunday night, 63,000 customers were still waiting for power to be restored, although 3,400 regular PG&E crew members were aided by others from outside areas.

Further storms are expected in the coming week, according to meteorologists.
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