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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AEP's Systems Prevented More Ohio Blackouts

LCG, Sept. 3, 2003--A senior manager at AEP, which owns the utility to the south of the FirstEnergy territory in Ohio, told a group of financial analysts that AEP's transmission connections to FirstEnergy were severed automatically, averting blackouts in the southern part of the state.

Henry Fayne, the executive directory of energy delivery for AEP, did not know why, as transmission lines in other areas experienced fluctuations in the amount of power they needed to carry, similar systems did not perform in the same way. Michigan's Detroit Edison experienced the loss of service to its entire customer base as failures spread north. International Transmission Co. manages the grid across which power flows to those customers.

Testimony from AEP officials will be given tomorrow at a Michigan Senate hearing, at which legislators may ask why no communications went from AEP to others concerning its preventive actions. Fayne noted that disconnecting AEP from FirstEnergy required no manual interventions, and called AEP's experience "in some perspectives a success story."
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