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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Rolling Blackouts Hit Las Vegas

LCG, July 3, 2001In Las Vegas yesterday, street lights went dead, air conditioners quit conditioning air and perhaps millions of incandescent bulbs blinked off as a power blackout hit Nevada for the first time.

Incandescent bulbs, ranging in size from the itty-bitty ones inside slot machines to big ones illuminating casinos and hotels, are important in Las Vegas, as are air conditioners.

While expected hot weather had Nevada Power Co. lining up power reserves early in the day, the problem hit when both 790 megawatt units of the nearby Mohave coal-fired power plant went down for as-yet-unexplained reasons. Nevada Power has a 222 megawatt ownership interest in the plant, which is operated and 50 percent owned by Southern California Edison Co.

Casinos were asked to conserve power and many dimmed their lights and fired up emergency back-up generators. When Nevada Power was forced to shed 100 megawatts of load in the middle of the afternoon, about 10,000 customers lost power.

Under price controls recently put into effect for the 11 Western states by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Las Vegas blackout should have triggered controls throughout the region, but no reports indicated their implementation.

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