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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Silicon Valley Utility to Build Third Plant

LCG, Sept. 15, 2003--A proposed power plant with a capacity of 150 megawatts was granted approval by the California Energy Commission, and may go online in the Silicon Valley town of Santa Clara in 2004.

The plant will be built by Silicon Valley Power, a municipal utility that first filed an application two years ago. The site of the plant would be in an industrial area of less than 3 acres, south of Highway 101.

Silicon Valley Power customers have not had a rate increase for the past decade, nor should they expect one. Supply from the new plant, which is the third to be built by the utility, will make up for the expiration of a long-term contract with the Western Area Power Administration. Rates are currently 40 percent below those in surrounding towns.
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