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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Enron Looks for End to Dabhol Troubles

LCG, July 10, 2001The governments of many nations and some of the biggest banks in the world want to see an end to the dispute over Enron Corp.'s $2.9 billion Dabhol power project in the Indian state of Maharashtra, Enron chairman Kenneth Lay told reporters today.

"I think it's in everybody's best interest -- the government of India, the government of the U.S., the investors, the government of Japan -- we have many government financial entities involved in this project," Lay said.

Yesterday, Lay met separately with Indian Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha and Power Minister Suresh Prabhu. Today, he was to meet with the chief minister of Maharashtra.

He said yesterday's meeting with Sinha did not yield a solution to the brouhaha, a contentious battle with Maharashtra and its state-run utility over payments for power. "Obviously we didn't come to any conclusion today. We didn't expect to come to any conclusion today. It will take some more work," Lay said, adding "certainly we're very hopeful."

Dabhol's total debt is around $2 billion, with Indian lenders holding about $1.4 billion of the paper. Lay said some of the biggest banks in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Japan have portions of the remaining $600 million.

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