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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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Bonneville Adds $10 Million to help Migrating Fish

LCG, July 13, 2001--The Bonneville Power Administration said yesterday that it will fund about $10 million worth of projects aimed at helping fish affected by this year's power emergency operations.

The funding is in addition to nearly $19 million in "high priority" projects that Bonneville announced in May to help fish recovery efforts. The agency also left the door open for additional funding pending further review of other projects.

"This has been a terrible year both for fish and power, and it has been a difficult balancing act to ensure a reliable electricity supply and minimize harm to endangered salmon and steelhead," acting administrator Steve Wright. "These projects will help offset the impact to fish of actions we have had to take to preserve regional reliability."

Because of extreme low water and western U.S. energy supply problems, the federal agencies have been forced to suspend spill operations for endangered fish this spring and summer in order to meet the region's energy needs, Bonneville explained. Some water that would have been passed through spillways to help juvenile fish traverse the dams was instead run through turbines to generate electricity.

The agency noted that there was a limited spill program in the spring -- when the bulk of endangered fish travel downstream -- but no spill thus far this summer because of concerns about maintaining a reliable power system.

"With survival levels already down due to low flows, we felt it was important to seek out ways to atleast partially make up for the additional losses caused by reduced spill," said Brian Brown, hydrodirector for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

While the selected projects focus on short-term actions that can be taken this year, it's expected that some of the benefits will continue in the long term and may also help non-endangered species.

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