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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Calpine Plans 900 Megawatt Wisconsin Plant

LCG, July 17, 2001Calpine Corp. said this morning it plans to build a 900 megawatt merchant power plant in central Wisconsin. The Sherry Energy Center will be located near the town of Arpin, in Wood County.

Calpine said it had it had entered into agreements to sell 225 megawatts of the plant's capacity and power to Wisconsin Electric Power Co. and another 141 megawatts of capacity and power to Wisconsin Public Service Co.

The new facility will serve both baseload and peaking needs. The plant will include a 600 megawatt combined-cycle unit with two combustion turbines and a steam turbine, and also have a 300 megawatt simple-cycle unit with four combustion turbines.

Under a 10-year deal with Wisconsin Electric, the utility will have dispatch rights for 225 megawatts of the combined-cycle plant's output and will manage the purchase and delivery of fuel used to generate power for its use. A similar 10-year arrangement with Wisconsin Public Service is for dispatch right to 141 megawatts from the peaking unit and fuel management for its generation.

Calpine said the balance of the plant's 900 megawatts will be sold into the Wisconsin wholesale power market.

Construction of the $470 million facility is expected to begin next spring with commercial operation of the simple-cycle portion schedule for a year later. The combined-cycle facility is penciled in for commercial operation in the second quarter of 2004.

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