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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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Midwest Gen, Union Meet in Strike Talks

LCG, July 17, 2001Official of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and negotiators from Midwest Generation LLC, operator of 12 coal-fired power plants in Illinois, will meet with a federal mediator Thursday, the first indication of a thawing in the three-week old standoff.

IBEW workers walked out at the 12 plants, which account for a quarter of all the electricity generated in Illinois, on June 28 after rejecting a pay raise offered by Midwest Gen. The company countered that the union had demanded work rules changes that would have usurped its ability to effectively manage the plants.

A Midwest Gen spokesman confirmed the talks with the mediator, adding that the company welcomed the opportunity to sit down with the union to resolve their differences. The IBEW has said the company has refused to bargain in good faith. Its members have worked without a contract since April 1.

The 12 plants, seven baseload stations and five peaking plants, were purchased from Commonwealth Edison Co., and ComEd buys their output. Together, they have a capacity of about 9,300 megawatts.

Midwest Generation is owned by Edison Mission Energy, a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Edison International Inc.

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