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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California Lawmakers to AskReliant be Held in Contempt

LCG, July 19, 2001The California Senate Select Committee to Investigate Market Manipulation voted 6-0 yesterday to ask the full Senate to cite Reliant Energy Inc. for contempt after the energy company failed to provide confidential documents.

Reliant thus joins Enron Corp. in facing the state Senate's first contempt citations since 1929.

State Sen. Joe Dunn, the Democrat chairman of the panel investigating possible wrongdoing by independent power producers during California's energy crisis, said his committee would now begin preparing a full report on its charges against Reliant. He added that the committee's report on Enron could be submitted as early as today.

"We have been discussing this with them virtually every single day, and they are not in complianceyet," Dunn said of Reliant. "Twenty-four hours ago I was cautiously optimistic about them, I am nowback to pessimistic."

Reliant said it had offered to submit around 10,000 documents but Larry Drivon, special counsel with the select committee, said Reliant's offer represented a good deal less than what some other firms have offered, and most skirted the issues the committee is interested in.

"What we've gotten this time is both insignificant and largely irrelevant," Drivon said.

Also yesterday, the select committee voted not to proceed at this time against some other energy companies, pending a review of their compliance.

As for Enron, the company has filed suit in Sacramento Superior Court challenging the committee's authority to subpoena documents. Enron has argued that the papers are in Texas, well out of the California state Senate's jurisdiction. Enron also says the state Senate lacks jurisdiction over wholesale electricity prices, which are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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