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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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Avista Asks Washington, Idaho Electric Surcharge

LCG, July 19, 2001Avista Corp. said yesterday that it will ask regulators in Idaho and Washington to approve an energy surcharge to offset the costs of a severe shortage of hydroelectric generation and volatile wholesale market prices for electricity.

The proposed surcharge would be applied as a uniform percentage increase to the rates for all customer classes in each state. The company's Washington customers would pay a surcharge of 36.9 percent on top of their existing rates, and Idaho customers would get bitten for 14.7 percent.

The surcharge in each state would begin on September 15 and continue until the end of 2003, but if conditions allow, the surcharge could be removed sooner, the company said.

Gary Ely, Avista Corp. chief executive, said the need for a surcharge has arisen through a combination of volatile electricity prices, changing market conditions and a continued deterioration in availability of hydroelectric generation, which has weakened the financial condition of the company.

"Improving the company's cash flow is critical to being able to complete financing plans and to meetvarious debt covenants," Ely said. "Without the surcharges in each state, the company will not be in aposition to access capital at reasonable costs."

Ely said the company has been unable to arrange continuing financing for completion of a badly needed power project currently under construction. "Lenders have growing concerns about the projected deferral balances and the absence of some form of mechanism to currently recover the deferred costs on a current basis," he said.

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