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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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Calpine to Provide 3,000 Megawatts to Shell Energy

LCG, July 19, 2001Calpine Corp. and Shell Energy Service Co. said yesterday they had arranged a deal under which Calpine will sell up to 3,000 megawatts of Texas power to the oil company subsidiary.

Shell Energy will market the power in the Texas retail market, which is to begin opening up to competition beginning July 31 when 5 percent of the state's retail electric customers are given the opportunity to select alternative energy providers.

The companies declined to disclose financial details of the five-year deal which is scheduled to begin next January 1.

Calpine, which already has 2,700 megawatts of installed generation in Texas, will add another 935 megawatts at two plants scheduled to begin commercial operations by the end of this year, a company spokeswoman said.

Calpine, which has been active in the Texas generation market, said the Shell deal means it has sold 85 percent of the power it can produce in the Lone Star State.

The Texas customer choice program was originally scheduled to begin on June 1, but computer problems at the state's independent system operator delayed the start. The Texas retail power market is slated to be fully open by January 1 of next year.

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