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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Fiat May Buy Italy's Montedison

LCG, July 2, 2001Italian automaker Fiat, in concert with Electricit de France, was expected to make a five billion-euros ($4.24 billion U.S.) bid for conglomerate Montedison, which controls Italy's largest privately owned utility, Edison.

Montedison announced yesterday that it would sell off 1.14 billion euros ($1.35 billion) of assets, setting off a scramble in the Italian investment community.

Fiat's board called a special meeting, following which it issued a short statement supporting plans to create value from its "own activities in the energy sector by transferring them to a designatedcompany that could acquire a significant stake in Montedison." No mention was made of possible participation by EdF, which already owns a fifth of Montedison.

Italian investment bank Mediobanca then took action to protect its agriculture and energy asset from takeover. Montedison announced that the 1.14 billion-euro asset sale had been made and consisted of selling 29 percent of its La Fondiaria insurance company to Italian insurer SAI and 35 percent of holding company Dieci Investmenti to investor Vincent Bollore of France.

Both SAI and Bollore are considered close to Mediobanca and between them they already have a 6 percent interest in Montedison.

Fiat and EdF may go whole hog for Montedison. The companies were reported to have organized a 20-billion-euro credit line, which would enable it to purchase Montedison's voting shares three times over.

Fiat originally was an acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Automobilii Torino (though in the U.S. it is widely supposed that the acronym means "Fix it again, Tony"). The company produces its own power for its auto plants and sells surplus power in the Italian market.

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