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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TVA Considering Options for Unfinished Nuke

LCG, July 5, 2001Tennessee Valley Authority's unfinished Bellefonte nuclear power plant in Hollywood, Ala., the nation's most recently abandoned atomic power project, may produce electricity yet.

TVA, a taxpayer-owned utility managed by political appointees, has sunk more than $6 billion into Bellefonte, which has been mothballed since 1988 when the agency halted construction after 14 years of effort. It is the only unfinished twin-reactor plant in the United States that has not been scrapped by its owner.

Earlier this week, Jack Bailey, vice president of engineering and technical services, was selected to lead a special project considering options for Bellefonte.

"Bellefonte has the potential to be a valuable, productive asset to the corporation," TVA Directors Skila Harris and Glen McCullough said in a joint statement. "Jack's experience makes him uniquely qualified to evaluate and review all options from all perspectives."

TVA is still considering finishing the plant, and will be looking at options that would not jeopardize that possibility. Agency officials believe a large coal-fired plant could be built on the site, a prospect that could make environmentalists nervous.

Last year, Dr. Stephen Smith, director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, pointedout that coal-burning plants in Tennessee contributed 352,000 tons of smog-forming nitrogen oxide, 775,000 tons of acid rain causing sulphur dioxide, 4,109 lbs. of mercury, and 103,633, 836 tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the air.

A lot of the nitrogen oxide came from TVA's Chattanooga coal-burner, which is the worst industrial facility in the United States for spewing NOx. In 1996, the plant emitted 105,120 tons of the stuff.

TVA also leads the nation when it comes to putting sulphur dioxide into the air. Its Cumberland Steam Plant emitted 346,171 tons of SO2 in 1996.

TVA is also considering the Bellefonte site for a coal gasification project it would jointly develop with Texaco. That project would provide enough fuel for about 1,500 megawatts of gas-fired electric generation.

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