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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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SCG&E Announces Plans to Stop Construction and Abandon New Reactors at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station

LCG, August 2, 2017--South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), a subsidiary of SCANA Corporation (SCANA), announced Monday that it will stop construction of the two new nuclear units (Units) at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, South Carolina and will file a petition with the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina seeking approval of its abandonment plan. Normal construction activities at the project site will cease immediately and efforts will be shifted toward an orderly transition of winding down and securing the project property.

After the bankruptcy filing of Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC (WEC), SCE&G and its project co-owner, South Carolina Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper), each began a comprehensive process to evaluate the best path forward for the Units. SCE&G reached its decision after considering: (i) the additional costs to complete the Units, (ii) the uncertainty regarding the availability of federal production tax credits (PTC) for the project, (iii) the amount of anticipated guaranty settlement payments from WEC's parent,Toshiba Corporation (Toshiba), and (iv) other factors, including the decision of state-owned Santee Cooper, to suspend construction of the project.

SCANA's Chairman and CEO stated, "We arrived at this very difficult but necessary decision following months of evaluating the project from all perspectives to determine the most prudent path forward. Many factors outside our control have changed since inception of this project. Chief among them, the bankruptcy of our primary construction contractor, Westinghouse, eliminated the benefits of the fixed-price contract to our customers, investors, and other stakeholders. Ultimately, our project co-owner Santee Cooper's decision to suspend construction made clear that proceeding on our own would not be economically feasible. Ceasing work on the project was our least desired option, but this is the right thing to do at this time. Our belief in the benefits of nuclear generation -- not just for the state, but for the nation -- hasn't changed. As we have been doing for more than 30 years, we will continue providing customers with a valuable low-cost, non-emitting source of generation through our operating nuclear unit at V.C. Summer."

SCE&G plans to use the anticipated payments resulting from the settlement of Toshiba's guaranty to mitigate cost impacts to SCE&G electric customers.

The two, AP1000 units under construction were to have provided a total of approximately 2,200 MW of carbon-free, electric generating capacity to serve customers in South Carolina.
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