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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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Niagara Mohawk Says NRG Should Fix Plants it Bought

LCG, July 16, 2001--Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. said Friday it asked a New York state court to rule that NRG Energy Inc. is responsible for repairs to two coal-fired power plants that NRG purchased from the New York utility.

In 1999, Niagara Mohawk sold its C.R. Huntley Steam Station in Tonawanda and the Dunkirk Steam Station in Dunkirk to Minneapolis-based generator NRG. In May of last year, New York State environmental officials charged that some of the work at the two plants should have been considered major modifications which would have required tighter control under the federal Clean Air Act.

Two months ago, the New York State Attorney General advised both companies of the intent to file suit on or after today, July 16, charging that the plants are in violation of the Clean Air Act.

At issue is, who is to pay for any fixing that need to be done to the plants.

Niagara Mohawk said in a statement past maintenance and repairs at the plants complied with all state and federal requirements in effect when the work was performed, and any fixing is NRG's responsibility.

But, NRG says that the State of New York alleges Niagara Mohawk violated environmental laws between 1983 and 1998, while Niagara Mohawk owned and operated the Huntley and Dunkirk power plants and the state is seeking relief.

NRG said it purchased the plants having been assured that they had no outstanding environmental liabilities. NRG has continued to operate these two plants in accordance with this understanding, it said.

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