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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EPA Investigations of Pollution Unlikely to Advance

LCG, Nov. 6, 2003--Investigations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that were undertaken under previous Clean Air Act rules, prior to proposed Bush administration changes to the New Source Review standards governing plant modifications, may not be pursued in court.

The decision to consider possible violations in 50 cases under the more flexible standards is in some part the result of work by Vice President Dick Cheney's task force on energy policy. According to EPA spokeswoman Lisa Harrison, cases that have already gone into litigation will still be pursued, although those that have not will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The change in direction was apparently disclosed to enforcement lawyers for the agency this week. Some of those involved spoke with the New York Times. It is generally agreed that the changes to New Source Review will exempt a greater number of plants from having to install pollution control equipment, allowing them to save $10 to $20 billion. Members of Congress, environmentalists and state officials in the Northeast viewed the change as a severe blow.

Harrison, the spokeswoman, said some investigations could be brought to court under the old rules, although no final decision has been reached. The 50 investigations in progress had reached the point where notices had been sent to the companies operating the power plants. There is no clear consensus among judges about whether revising the applicable standards in ongoing investigations is permissible.
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