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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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Texas Utilities Prepare to Sell Some Generation

LCG, July 10, 2001TXU Corp. and other electric utilities in Texas are preparing to auction generation representing at least 15 percent of their capacity in preparation for the state opening its retail power market to competition next January 1.

TXU said it will auction off 3,175 megawatts of generation by September 1, the date required by the Texas deregulation law. Potential bidders can register their interest through July 24, and the auctions will be held over the Internet during the last week in August.

The purpose of the sales is to prevent any of the state's utilities from having too much market power and to provide companies interested in becoming alternative electricity suppliers with generating capacity. The capacity will be auctioned in 25 megawatt blocks for up to two years.

"The law says we as a large generator must auction off or sell to retail electric providers about 15percent of our capacity," said TXU spokesman Rand LaVonn. "So if somebody wants to start, they can get power to resell."

American Electric Power Co., which acquired three Texas utilities with its takeover of Central and South West Corp., said it will sell off a total of 1,100 megawatts of capacity belonging to Central Power & Light Co., Southwest Electric Power Co. and West Texas Utilities Co.

Under the deregulation law, the companies can't auction the capacity to a subsidiary and the buyers can't enter into contracts to resell the power back to the utilities.

The utilities will continue to auction at least 15 percent of their capacity through the year 2007, or until alternative energy providers control at least 40 percent of their residential and small business retail power markets.

Reliant Energy Inc., which is also subject to the auction requirement, has not yet revealed its intentions.

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