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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FERC Okays Illinois Gas Pipeline Project

LCG, July 18, 2001Kidder Morgan Inc. unit Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America and Nicor Inc. jointly announced yesterday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved their $79 million Horizon natural gas pipeline project in northern Illinois.

The Horizon Pipeline Co. will build 27 miles of 36-inch diameter pipe and lease 46 miles of existing pipeline from NGPL. The new facilities and leased capacity will allow Horizon to transport 380 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from near Joliet into McHenry County, connecting the emerging supply hub at Joliet with the northern part of the Nicor Gas distribution system and an existing NGPL pipeline.

Kinder Morgan chief executive Richard D. Kinder said "The project serves as a response to the great need for additional natural gas in the growing northern Illinois market, including supplies for proposed new electric power generation projects."

Thomas L. Fisher, chief executive of Nicor, said Horizon would use existing right of way, which will "reduce the environmental impact and landowner concerns about construction."

The companies said land acquisition is currently underway and construction on the pipeline is expected to begin in the fall of 2001, with completion projected in 2002.

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