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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El Paso Gets Okay to Reopen Killer Gas Line

LCG, July 9, 2001El Paso Energy Corp. has been given permission to resume natural gas transmission on its pipeline which was shut down by an explosion last August killing 12 people camped alongside it near Carlsbad, N.M.

El Paso's South Mainline system consists of three trunklines that carry gas from West Texas to California. Together, they were carrying about 1.1 billion cubic feet of das per day at the time of the rupture. Following the blast, transmission was cut to 835 million cubic feet per day but has recently held steady at around 920 million cubic feet.

The Department of Transportation said on Friday that El Paso could begin operating the damaged line at 80 percent of capacity as it completes its final inspection of repairs. Patricia Klinger, a DOT spokeswoman, explained "The line needs to be running to conduct internal inspections."

"They are finished with the reconstruction, the hydro testing and internal cleaning. Just the internal inspection is required now," Klinger said. Federal inspectors will make the final determination whether the pipeline can run at full capacity, she added.

El Paso has begun switching the flow of gas from one of the others pipeline to the repaired line, but that will not for the time being increase the overall amount of gas heading to California, a company spokeswoman said. She said shippers would be notified when increased pressure allowed additional gas to be moved.

The federal agency fined El Paso $2.52 million last month for the fatal explosion, the largest fine ever against a gas pipeline operator.

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