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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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Climate Trading Gains Momentum in EU

LCG, June 25, 2003--Lawmakers for the European Union will put a measure that would create a system for trading of carbon dioxide emission allowances to a vote before the European Parliament next Wednesday.

If approved, it would require that companies in industries such as oil refining, steel, cement, ceramics, glass and paper manufacturing release emissions based on tradable permits that would be priced by the market. The European Union could make progress towards emission reductions under the United Nations Kyoto Protocol. No decisions have been made yet on how to allocate the initial set of emission credits to particular industries, although the credits would be allocated by January 2005.

If companies fail to reduce emissions to match the number of credits they have or do not buy enough additional credits, they would have to pay fines of 40 euros per ton, and 100 euros by 2008. The trading of credits by EU companies would be allowed only within the EU at first, but might be allowed with companies elsewhere at a later date.
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