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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KCP&L Unit Plans Missouri Plant of up to 900 Megawatts

LCG, July 12, 2001Great Plains Power inc., a subsidiary of Kansas City Power & Light Co., said yesterday it plans to build a new coal-fired power plant near Weston, Mo., a few miles up the Missouri River from Kansas City.

Output of the new facility will be between 500 and 900 megawatts, the company said.

Steve Easley, Great Plains' chief executive, said "We are focused on designing, permitting and constructing a facility that is environmentally sound, cost effective, highly reliable and an appropriate investment for our shareholders."

Great Plains said it has selected Burns & McDonnell, a 104-year-old Kansas City-based engineering, architectural, construction and environmental services firm, to assist in the development and design of Weston Bend I.

"With the addition of Burns & McDonnell to the alliance with Babcock & Wilcox, Great Plains Power has reunited the same team that rebuilt Hawthorn No. 5, a 550-megawatts, coal-fired plant constructed in 22 months rather than the industry norm of 36 months," the company said in a statement.

Early in the morning on Feb. 17, 1999, Unit 5 of KCP&L's Hawthorn plant exploded. The blast awoke people 20 miles distant, shot flames 200 feet into the black sky and knocked nearby workers to the ground. There were no injuries.

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