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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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SCE Submits Technical Responses to NRC Regarding SONGS

LCG, February 28, 2013--Southern California Edison (SCE) announced that it submitted on Monday new information requested by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to further progress towards restarting San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Unit 2 and to address current compliance with the plant's technical specifications.

SONGS is a critical generating asset in California. Unit 2, with a capacity of approximately 1,180 MW, has been unavailable since January 2012 following the identification of cracks in steam generator tubes. Unit 3 was removed from service shortly thereafter, following the discovery of a leak in a steam generator tube. Further inspections show Unit 3 had more than 300 tubes with unexpected tube-to-tube wear; Unit 2 only had two tubes exhibiting minor tube-to-tube wear.

SCE's supplemental information delivered early this week adds to the comprehensive analysis and restart proposal submitted last October in response to an NRC Confirmatory Action Letter (CAL).

The new submittal provides information about how SCE anticipates addressing ongoing steam generator analysis and interim measures beyond the operating period proposed in SCE's response to the CAL. SCE has proposed restarting Unit 2 at 70 percent power for five months to prevent the conditions that caused excessive tube wear in the steam generators. Furthermore, SCE plans to provide an additional evaluation by March 15, 2013 to demonstrate that structural integrity can be met for Unit 2 at 100 percent rated thermal power.

SCE's senior vice president and chief nuclear officer stated, "This question and answer process is an important part of safety-based technical solutions in the nuclear industry, and it strengthens our ability to communicate to all stakeholders the safety principles and proven industry operating experience that the Unit 2 restart plan was built upon."

SCE anticipates that a decision from NRC may be issued in the late April to May time frame, prior to the summer peak load.

SONGS is jointly owned by SCE (78.21 percent), San Diego Gas & Electric (20 percent) and the City of Riverside (1.79 percent).
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