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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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Davis Wants to Know Who's Paying for Ads

LCG, July 23, 2001California Gov. Gray Davis, his skin worn thin by a month of television ads criticizing his handling of the state's electricity crisis, went to court Friday to learn the names of his tormentors.

The commercials, which began airing on June 18, end with the tag line "Grayouts from Gray Davis," which the governor and his legal advisers figure makes them political advertising and not educational. When Davis called the state's independent power producers "the biggest snakes on the planet earth," that was educational.

Under state law, groups that run issue-oriented ads don't have to divulge the names of individual contributors because those ads are considered educational. Advertising that supports or attacks candidates is considered political and the names of those sponsoring the ads are required to be registered with the California secretary of state.

Davis' legal team thinks the ads are an attack on the governor and the sponsors should be named. In a suit filed in San Francisco Superior Court, the governor's political committee alleges that the American Taxpayers Alliance failed to register and is in violation of the state's Political Reform Act.

Garry South, Davis' political adviser, said the views expressed in the ads may be protected by the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, "But you have the responsibility under California law to reveal who is paying for commercials if they fall under the political realm, and these clearly do."

The American Taxpayers Alliance is a Washington, D.C.-based organization run by Scott Reed, a Republican strategist. He has declined to disclose the group's contributors. Davis suspects the contributors include the biggest snakes on the planet earth.

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