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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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Progress Energy Cancels Scrubber Plans and Opts for Natural Gas Plant

LCG, August 20, 2009--Progress Energy Carolinas announced that it has terminated plans to install scrubbers to control sulfur emissions on the Sutton Plant, a coal-fired power plant located in North Carolina, in order to meet state air quality regulations.

The new plan is to retire three coal-fired units, with a combined electric generating capacity of 397 MW, that are located at the H.F. Lee Plant and to construct a new, 950-MW facility fueled by natural gas at the adjacent Wayne County Energy Complex.

The switch from old, coal-fired units to a new, combined-cyle facility burning natural gas will enable the utility to reduce overall emissions, including carbon, sulfur and mercury, in order to achieve compliance with state emission reduction limits.

On Tuesday, the company filed for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the North Carolina Utilities Commission, under new laws approved last month. The project cost is estimated to be approximately $900 million, and the new facility is scheduled to commence operations in early 2013.

Related new infrastructure includes upgrades to the electric transmission system and a natural gas pipeline.
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