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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Governor Expands California Solar Roofs Plan

LCG, August 23, 2006--California Governor Schwarzenegger yesterday signed legislation to expand the California Solar Initiative. The plan is designed to result in one million solar roofs in California by 2018.

In January 2006, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the California Solar Initiative (CSI), a program designed to provide approximately $2.8 billion in incentives to spur development of approximately 3,000 MW of solar electric generating capacity over the period from 2006 through 2016.

With the Governor's approval yesterday of SB 1, elements of the Million Solar Roofs plan that the CPUC does not have the authority to mandate can now be implemented. For example, the plan will no longer by limited to Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric - the utilities regulated by the CPUC - but will be expanded to include the municipal-owned utilities, including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and the Sacramento Municipal Utilities Division (SMUD).

The new legislation will also increase the number of consumers that can sell surplus electricity back to the utilities by a factor of five (from 0.5 percent to 2.5 percent).

Another key element of SB 1 is that, commencing January 2011, it will require a developer of more than 50 new single family homes to offer a solar energy system alternative to all customers.

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