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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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Boundary Dam CCS Project Begins Operations

LCG, October 7, 2014-SaskPower announced Thursday the official opening of its Boundary Dam Power Station, a coal-fired, 110-MW unit now equipped to capture 90 percent of the carbon dioxide produced during combustion. The project, located in Estevan, Sakatchewan, is the largest commercial-scale, carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility in the world and will capture up to a million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

At the Boundary Dam Power Station, the captured carbon dioxide will be compressed and transported via a 40-mile pipeline to the Weyburn oilfield, where it will be used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). The carbon dioxide will be purchased by Cenovus under a ten-year agreement for use in its oil fields. Cansolv Technologies Limited, a subsidiary of Shell, developed the amine-based carbon capture process (CANSOLV) used to retrofit Unit 3 at the Boundary Dam Power Station.

Canada's Minister of Natural Resources stated, "Today's announcement - a world first - demonstrates Canada's leadership in developing clean energy technology. Saskatchewan's Boundary Dam project is a prime example of Canadian expertise helping reduce emissions, while growing the economy."

The CEO of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association said, "The launch goes beyond a single project. SaskPower has made significant progress in making a valuable contribution to demonstrating a viable technical, environmental and economic case for the application of CCS to power plants. It is hoped that Boundary Dam will form part of a much needed commercial proof point that the economics make sense."

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