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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DOE Chief Addresses Natural Gas Issue

LCG, June 24, 2003Today Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham said that the U.S. gas supply crunch was not quite over yet.

Gas prices, which have been around twice last years at roughly $6 per million Btu, are likely to continue, at least according to Abraham. He noted that by no means are we out of the woods yet, although he did say that there was an increase in weekly gas inventories.

Recent storage rates are encouraging after a long, cold winter, but they are in part due to current mild summer temperatures.

Abraham is planning a National Petroleum Council meeting for Thursday in order to discuss possible measures to relieve the high prices and low supply.

Some economists and legislators are worried that the rising gas prices are hurting utilities and gas-dependent industries, although others believe supply will return to normal levels by November.

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