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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Energy Strike in France Reduces Output and Exports

LCG, June 3, 2003-French workers went on a 24-hour strike Tuesday, reducing electricity output by 6.4 percent.

According to the CGT union, output was decreased by as much as 7,300 megawatts. Exports of electricity were reduced by more than 5,000 megawatts.

The strike had an effect on 6 of 19 French nuclear plants, as weland hampered operations at fossil fuel-powered plants. France gets 80 percent of its total power from nuclear-based generation.

Other union officials said the output would have been more dramatically reduced had several nuclear stations not increased production to prevent blackouts.

Workers are striking because of pending pension reforms and the privatization of Electricite de France and Gaz de France.

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