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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New Legislation Requires Xcel to Reduce Emissions from Colorado Coal Plants

LCG, April 21, 2010-- Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed on Monday the Colorado Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act, which requires Xcel Energy to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 70 to 80 percent from several coal-fired power plants by December 31, 2017. The Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act was supported by a broad coalition that included power companies, natural gas producers and conservationists.

Xcel will work with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and submit an emissions reduction plan to the Public Utilities Commission by August 15, 2010. The submittal will outline Xcel's plans to retire, retrofit, or repower 900 MW of Xcel's coal-fired, electric generating units. Modifications to the units may include converting to natural gas, biomass or other energy sources.

The Governor recently stated, "The Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act will dramatically reduce air pollution and support the growth of homegrown energy, ensuring that cleaner-burning Colorado natural gas works together with renewable energy to keep building our nationally recognized New Energy Economy....This legislation gives us a chance to clean the air in Rocky Mountain National park, to reduce the Brown Cloud and to cut mercury emissions that threaten the health of our children. By crafting this uniquely Colorado solution, this bill also will allow us to comply with looming federal clean air standards."

The President and CEO for Public Service Co. of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company, stated "Xcel Energy has long supported efforts to address our region?s air quality in a pro-active, uniquely Colorado way; we have established a solid track record of successfully meeting such challenges....We know that the Rocky Mountain region is experiencing issues with regional haze and ozone, and potentially other emissions issues. This legislation establishes a framework to address these air quality issues in a way that ultimately will be the most cost-effective for our customers, and best for the state of Colorado."

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