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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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PNM to Build Plant, Provide Power to TNMP

LCG, July 3, 2001Public Service Co. of New Mexico said yesterday that it had signed a long-term wholesale power supply agreement with Texas-New Mexico Power Co. and would build a new power plant near Las Cruces, N.M., to produce some of the electricity.

The new facility will be located about 12 miles west of Las Cruces, which is the chile pepper capital of the world. The 135 megawatt natural gas-fueled plant is expected to begin commercial operation in the autumn of next year, with expansion to 220 megawatts planned for late 2003.

PNM noted that the new plant will be its first investment in new power supply for the competitive wholesale electricity market.

The contract with TNMP, which runs from July 1 of this year until Dec. 31, 2006, will provide varying amounts of firm power through 2002 to complement existing contracts TNMP has in place, PNM said. As those contracts expire, PNM will replace them and become TNMP's sole supplier beginning Jan. 1, 2003. In the last year of the contract, TNMP will need 114 megawatts of firm power.

"Reliable service at stable prices is important to our customers," said TNMP chief executive Jack V. Chambers. "This agreement is an important step in insulating our customers from the dramatic price fluctuations and reliability problems that California has experienced."

"We are providing TNMP not only its power supply but also key services, including scheduling and dispatching of the wholesale power," said Jeff Sterba, PNM chairman and chief executive. "PNM will act as TNMP's agent to procure, schedule and dispatch wholesale power on TNMP's behalf."

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