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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 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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NY Contingency Plan for Nuclear Reactor Closures Advances

LCG, February 6, 2013--Consolidated Edison, Inc. and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) filed with the Public Service Commission (PSC) on February 1 to seek regulatory approval to issue a solicitation for resources to replace the Indian Point nuclear power plant should it be retired.

The proposal from the companies includes three transmission projects (NY Transco projects) and a Request for Proposals (RFP) process initiated by NYPA to consider generation and/or transmission alternatives. The PSC would lead the RFP assessment, with definitive plans to be presented to the PSC for approval by September 2013.

The need for the new resources is driven by the Governor's Energy Highway, a Blueprint for New York that was released last fall. The Blueprint calls for a contingency plan to provide for the closure of the 2,063-MW Indian Point Power Plant. Furthermore, last November the PSC directed Consolidated Edison to develop with NYPA a contingency plan for the closure of the facility. NYPA is a state-owned generator that supplies power to government customers in New York City, and Consolidated Edison is an investor-owned energy company.

The Governor of New York has expressed his desire to close the nuclear reactors, located about 40 miles north of Manhattan along the Hudson River, when the operating licenses expire in September 2013 and December 2015. The governor has stated that even the most unlikely possibility of an accident is too much in the heavily populated area.

The owner of Indian Point, Entergy, claims the reactors are safe and filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 2007 to renew the Indian Point operating licenses for a 20-year extension.
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