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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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Hurricane Damage to Some Power Systems Worst Yet

LCG, Sept. 22, 2003--Today, with power restored to most of those who lost electric service to Hurricane Isabel and its aftermath, there were nonetheless over one million without it, many of whom will need to wait for at least several days before utility crews are able to complete needed repairs.

There were 700,000 Virginia residents, and 570,000 Maryland residents without power Monday afternoon. In Pennsylvania, slightly over 35,000 were waiting for service to return, as were 70,000 in North Carolina, 6,000 in Delaware, and less than 2,000 in West Virginia. Originally, nearly two million Virginians and over one million Maryland customers lost electricity due to damage to power transmission and distribution lines. Jimmy Staton, senior vice president for operations with Dominion Virginia Electric, was quoted in the New York Times as saying that the amount of harm to power infrastructure inflicted by Isabel is "unprecedented" in Virginia's history. The sentiment was echoed by Maryland officials.

The outages made refrigeration impossible, and clean drinking water scarce. Although some utilities in Maryland had dry ice on hand for half-a-day Friday with which to keep food cool, they could not offer the supply for any longer, because they lacked the means to produce more. Residents have signed up on waiting lists for portable generators from stores such as Home Depot. In at least one instance in Pennsylvania, carbon monoxide poisoning occurred from their use, with fatal consequences.

Part of the difficulty of restoring power after Isabel, according to utility officials, is that damage is spread over wide areas. Crews with a total of roughly 10,000 among them, with about one-third from out-of-state, are working on repairs while residents have relied on help from neighbors, the Salvation Army, Red Cross and National Guard, and try to keep their spirits up as best they can, whatever their losses.
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