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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Progress Energy Plans Florida Peaking Plant

LCG, July 10, 2001Progress Energy Inc. said yesterday it plans to build a 320 megawatt natural gas-fueled power plant about 50 miles east of Sarasota. The facility is expected to begin commercial operation next year.

Progress Energy, which was formed by the merger between Carolina Power & Light Co. and Florida Progress Corp., said it had purchased the 30-acre site near Arcadia, Fla. from Entergy Wholesale Operations, and will lease additional property abutting it.

The company plans to install two 160 megawatt combustion turbines on the site, which will operate in simple cycle as a peaking plant, producing power during periods of highest demand.

Progress Energy said environmental permits and zoning have been approved for the site, and site clearing is scheduled to get under way today, followed this fall by construction, with the units coming on line next summer.

The 320 megawatt plant will be owned and operated by an ad hoc subsidiary, DeSoto County Generating Co. The site is permitted to accommodate an additional combustion turbine, though at this time, there is no definitive schedule for adding a third unit, the company said.

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