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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EPA Not Given Authority in Permitting for TVA Plant Upgrades

LCG, May 3, 2004--An appeal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of a ruling made last year by the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta will not be heard by the Supreme Court, meaning that the ability of the EPA to regulate the Tennesse Valley Authority's maintenance of its power plants is still in doubt.

At issue is an attempt by the EPA in 1999 to require the TVA to install emission reduction equipment, as it required of other utilities that made equipment upgrades at power plants. The TVA, a government-sponsored utility, has argued that changes made at nine coal-fired power plants did not fall into the category of upgrades, only maintenance.

The 11th U.S. Court of Appeals ruled last year that although both the EPA and TVA are government agencies, TVA could lawfully dispute EPA's order in court. The Supreme Court indicated today that it would not hear an appeal filed by the U.S. Solicitor General's office for the EPA.
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