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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U.S. Senate Boosts Bush Energy Plan

LCG, July 13, 2001The Senate yesterday gave a boost to President Bush's energy program when it upheld a decision to allow new drilling for natural gas in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

By a wide margin that surprised many, the Senate turned back an attempt by Florida to block new gas and oil leases in the Gulf. The vote was 67-33 in favor of the new leases.

"This vote shows that bipartisan consensus can be reached on a plan to address America's energy needs," said White House press secretary Air Feistier.

All 49 Republicans voted against any delay in the lease sales, as did 18 Democrats, including moderates such as Sens. Hillary Clinton and Charles Shimmer of New York, and Sen. Jeff Binyamin, R-N.M., whose Energy and Natural Resources Committee is crafting a broader energy bill.

In the House of Representatives, the Energy and Commerce Committee debated amendments as the panel neared completion of a scaled-back energy bill.

A subcommittee rejected efforts by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., who sought to include provisions that would require fuel economy for cars and sport utility vehicles of up to a 40 miles per gallon average over the next 16 years and an effort to require the Bush administration to reinstate an air conditioner efficiency standard that had been approved by the Clinton administration, but scuttled by the current Energy Department.

Yesterday's Senate vote "reinforces the bipartisan consensus" over the compromise adopted on the lease sales, said Interior Secretary Gale Norton, calling it "a victory for all Americans who want to see environmentally responsible energy production."

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