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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More Detailed Set of Events Before Blackout Released

LCG, Sept. 26, 2003--A series of small line failures occurred in Ohio during Aug. 14th, the day of the record-setting blackout, according to a timeline produced by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).

Among the lines that tripped was Findlay, in the service territory of AEP, which tripped at 3:51 p.m., and in half a second, closed again. Such an event in isolation is normal on any given day, but the report found a greater number of such events than would be expected. The small problems were seen in four utilities' control areas, with over 50 experienced by FirstEnergy and AEP, and others in the territories of Cinergy Corp. and Dayton Power & Light Co.

The timeline and report, which were sent to Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, provide a fuller picture than was available based on any single utility's data.
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