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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Conectiv Shareholders Okay Pepco Merger

LCG, July 18, 2001Shareholders of Conectiv Inc. yesterday approved the pending $5.4 billion merger of their company with Potomac Electric Power Co., a transaction the companies expect to close early next year.

While billed a merger of equals, under the proposal, Pepco would pay $2.2 billion in cash and stock for Conectiv and assume $3.2 billion of Conectiv's debt. Pepco Chairman John Derrick will remain as chairman of the yet to be named newly created company, while Conectiv Chairman Howard Cosgrove will retire with a $6.4 million severance package.

Yesterday, about 95 percent of the shareholders, who own about 68 percent of Conectiv's common stock, agreed on a price of $25 a share. Pepco's shareholders were scheduled to vote today on the deal, which also requires regulatory approval from several state and federal agencies.

The companies said the deal will not result in significant layoffs and all union contracts would be honored.

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