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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PG&E Unit Owes Rhode Island Utility for Power

LCG, July 6, 2001The Providence (R.I.) Journal wondered this morning how it was possible for a big electric power plant owned by a big utility holding company headquartered in a huge state to owe an itty-bitty local utility in the nation's smallest state more than a half-billion dollars for electricity.

The Manchester Street Station can produce enough electricity to light more than half the homes in Rhode island, yet it is in arrears on $525,000 worth of electric bills to Narragansett Electric Co., the local utility for Providence and environs and former owner of the power plant.

The new owner is USGen New England, which the paper notes is owned by PG&E National Energy Group, which is owned in turn by PG&E Corp. and is a sister company of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which is the local utility for San Francisco and two-thirds of California.

"PG&E National Energy Group is flush with cash (and) can afford to pay its bill)" the Journal thought.

What is a 495 megawatt power plant doing buying electricity in the first place? Well, it can't run all the time, but its customers expect electricity all the time, so USGen buys power from others when it is fixing the Manchester Street Station.

Narragansett Electric says it has been sending a monthly bill to USGen, but none of the bills have been paid. "They have decided to completely blow off their electric bill since September 1998," said Ronald Gerwatowski, the lawyer for the Providence utility.

A spokeswoman for USGen told the paper that details on the purchase of electricity from Narragansett Electric were spelled out at the time USGen bought the plant, but she didn't say whether those details covered non-payment of the bill.

The Journal said the issue has gone to the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission for resolution.

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