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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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Duke's IGCC Project Clears Regulatory Hurdles

LCG, January 8, 2009--Duke Energy's proposed integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project yesterday received favorable rulings from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). The revised cost estimate of $2.35 billion, which reflects a $365 million dollar increase, was approved by the IURC, together with a proposed study regarding carbon emission capture and sequestration.

The coal-fired, IGCC project will be built at Duke's existing Edwardsport Generating Station near Vincennes, Indiana. Once the new, 630-MW power plant is operational, the old facilities, which include coal and oil units that have a capacity of 160-MW, will be retired. Construction on the project commenced last year and is scheduled for completion in 2012.

With the IGCC design, synthetic gas created from coal is used in a gas turbine to generate electricity. The hot exhaust gas from the turbine heats water to produce steam to power a steam turbine and generate electricity a second time. The gasification process offers the potential for lower cost solutions to capture and sequester CO2, which may assist in efforts to thwart global warming. Duke's study will explore capturing and storing carbon dioxide permanently in underground geologic formations.

Duke filed an application for a "Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity" (CPCN) with the IURC to build the plant in September 2006. In November 2007, the IURC directed Duke to develop carbon capture and storage studies for the project, and Duke filed its plans in May 2008, together with the $365 million cost increase request.
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