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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Trans-Alta Sells Transmission Business for $560 Million

LCG, July 6, 2001Trans-Alta Corp. has agreed to sell its power transmission business for $850 million ($560 million U.S.) to a consortium of companies led by SNC-Lavalin Inc. and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, Canada's National Post reported yesterday.

The sale was the final step in Trans-Alta's shift to electric generation and marketing. "It was challenging," said chief executive Steve Snyder. "This is it, in terms of the core restructuring."

The company, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, said it had sold about $2 billion ($1.3 billion U.S.) in assets during the past two years and would spend up to $1.5 billion ($1 billion U.S.) per year over five years expanding its generation capacity.

The purchasing group, known as Alta-Link also includes Trans-Elect Inc., a new U.S.-based independent power transmission company that is keen to add additional transmission capacity to the North American power grid, and Macquarie North America Ltd., an Australian-owned investment bank.

Trans-Elect will operate the lines and own 10 percent of the business. The teachers pension fund will assume all the involved debt and own 25 percent, SNC will own 50 percent of the business and Macquarie North America, about 15 percent.

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