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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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Italy Approves Montedison Takeover by EdF, Fiat

LCG, July 18, 2001Italenergia, the joint vehicle through which Electricit de France and Fiat are making their hostile bid for Italian utility Montedison, won approval yesterday from Italy's stock market regulator Consob after agreeing to raise their offer to at least the minimum required by takeover rules.

Consob found that Italenergia had acquire shares of Montedison at market prices higher than their hostile offer. Under Italian takeover rules, the minimum bid must be the average of the last 12 months' weighted trading average and the highest price paid in the market.

Because the European Union could derail the deal if it suspends, even temporarily, Italenergia's voting rights on the 52 percent of Montedison it already owns, Consob also insisted that the EdF-Fiat vehicle include a warning in its prospectus that Brussels could examine EdF's role in the bid.

For EdF, the takeover would be is means of entry into the Italian energy market. The EU has expressed displeasure with France and the French utility for foot-dragging on opening their own market while taking advantage of the openness of the markets in other EU countries.

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