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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Maine PUC Approves Agreement Supporting Off-Shore Wind Test Project

LCG, January 22, 2014--The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved an agreement between the State and Maine Aqua Ventus to support Maine Aqua Ventus in its effort to receive a $50 million federal Department of Energy grant in May for an off-shore wind test project.

The University of Maine, the Maine construction firm Cianbro and the Nova Scotia-based energy company Emera, operating under the name Maine Aqua Ventus (MAV), are seeking to test two, 6-MW wind turbines approximately 2.9 miles off the southern coast of Monhegan Island in the Gulf of Maine. The test project potentially could be expanded to a 500 MW off-shore wind farm. The off-shore turbines would be connected to Monhegan Island and to the Central Maine Power (CMP) transmission grid at Bristol via undersea cables.

Under the term sheet approved by the PUC, CMP will purchase electricity produced by the two turbines at a cost likely higher than the market rate, with CMP ratepayers covering the higher cost. Final terms will be developed later this year and will require PUC approval.

"We appreciate that the PUC has seen the benefits of this project, long-term, not only for Maine but ... the impact it can have on the U.S. as a whole," said Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Structures and Composite Center at University of Maine.
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