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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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Lawsuit Brought By Northeastern States Over Clean Air Changes

LCG, Dec. 31, 2002--Bush administration rules governing repairs or upgrades to power plants and industrial sites are the focus of a lawsuit brought by nine Northeastern states, who say the rules undermine state policies and the Clean Air Act.

The changes, which have yet to be finalized, would be made to the New Source Review program. In connection with the program, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought numerous lawsuits in 1999, 2000 and 2001 against coal-burning power plants' owners, to the extent that power producers complained that they could not undertake routine maintenance without being told they needed to install new pollution control equipment as well. The group of attorneys general bringing the new suit contend that the rule changes would be so accommodating of modifications and expansions of plants as to encourage more pollution. "The Bush Administration has taken an action that will bring more acid rain, more smog, more asthma and more respiratory disease to millions of Americans," the Attorney General of New York, Eliot Spitzer, said in a statement.

The EPA says that the changes, including the as yet undetermined standards for what modifications would consitute strictly repair and maintenance procedures, will have little impact in either direction on sulfurd dioxide or nitrogen dioxide emissions. One industry representative of investor-owned utilities, the Edison Electric Institute, is waiting to see the entire set of regulations before submitting its views to the EPA. Speaking for a group of coal-fired plant owners, Scott Segal of the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council told the Wall Street Journal, "The Northeast attorneys general reflect a minority opinion, unfortunately demonstrating their desire to address economic competitive concerns rather than environmental protection."

The states involved in the lawsuit, brought jointly at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, are Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York and Vermont.
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