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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CA Central Valley Transmission Expansion to Begin

LCG, September 16, 2003Energy officials announced that $330 million has been provided for electricity transmission expansion along a California bottleneck.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), Trans-Elect, and the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) have formed a public-private partnership to construct the transmission upgrade, which will expand Path 15, an 84-mile, high-voltage line in Californias Central Valley.

PG&E has agreed to pay for improving interconnections to add the new line to existing infrastructure. Trans-Elect will own 72 percent of transmission rights on the new line, and WAPA will own and maintain the lines.

The project was contracted for $87.8 million to Arizona-based Maslonka & Associates.

Path 15 consists of three 500-kV lines between Northern and Southern California. However, between Los Banos and Gates substations, only two lines were constructed. A third line will add 1,500 megawatts of transmission capacity.

The California Independent System Operator voted to upgrade path 15 in June 2002 and expects the improved transmission to save Californians between $100 and $300 million per year.

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