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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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Bill to Turn Back Deregulation Passes CA Assembly

LCG, June 9, 2003--According to the author of the California bill SB 888, Sen. Joe Dunn, D-Santa Ana, "there is an urgency" behind its passage, but the bill, which passed the Senate Thursday, would likely disappoint some who have been able to make arrangements to buy electricity from sellers other than the state's major utilities.

The measure, which will go to the Assembly next, was not explicitly endorsed by Gov. Gray Davis, but Davis has asserted that California needs a "more regulated environment than we have now." Others, such as businesses who have been able to purchase electricity through "direct access" power contracts, are not eager for new legislation, before policy already in effect has had a chance to be tested more extensively.

While Dunn, who led an investigation into the causes of the energy crisis of 2000 and 2001, has referred to the real possibility of further rolling blackouts within the next year or two, it is not clear that SB 888 would significantly increase supplies available to California. It would give power companies the ability to enter long-term contracts, presumably with utilities. The state could also investigate the operating conditions at power plants taken off-line for maintenance or repair.

Severin Borenstein was quoted in the Sacramento Bee about SB 888, and said "It is unfortunate because direct access was not the problem, it was a symptom of the problem."
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