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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Montana Could Have First Wind Farm Soon

LCG, June 6, 2003--The Golden Sunlight mine site could be home to a 50-megawatt wind farm following the end of operations at the mine, based on preliminary plans by developer Navitas.

A lease agreement between Jefferson County's Local Development Corp. and Navitas is possible, although no representatives would discuss details of the ongoing talks. If a wind farm were built, 28 turbines could be installed on Golden Sunlight land, as well as land owned by the Bureau of Land Management. The anticipated capacity of the turbines is 50 megawatts. The actual output capacity of wind turbines is variable, unlike the dispatchable capacity of a conventional thermal power plant.

NorthWestern Energy, which provides regulated electric power and natural gas service to residents of Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska, would need to agree to a power purchase contract for the facility to go forward. In addition, the approval of the Public Service Commission is required.
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