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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Tucson Electric to Add 760 Megawatts

LCG, July 23, 2001Tucson Electric Power Co. on Friday asked the Arizona Corporation Commission to schedule a hearing to assess the need for expansion of the company's Springerville Generating Station.

The company wants to double the output of the power plant, which currently consists of two 380 megawatt coal-fired units. The utility's parent holding company, Unisource Energy Corp., had previously announced intentions to add 760 megawatts while maintaining sulphur dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions at or below current levels.

The Corporation Commission approved construction of a third and fourth unit at the plant in 1977 and 1987, respectively, but building them now requires that a need be shown to provide "an adequate, economical and reliable supply of electric power" to Tucson Electric's customers.

Unisource chief executive James S. Pignatelli said "Arizona's rapid population growth dictates that we commit now to build the generating resources required to meet the energy needs of our state."

He noted that improvements in the emission control capabilities of units 1 and 2, combined with the use of enhanced technologies on units 3 and 4, will result in the addition of 760 megawatts of capacity at the station, with an overall reduction in SO2 and NOx emissions below current levels.

"Springerville will be an environmentally sound source of electricity, with all of its electric output sold in Arizona," Pignatelli said. "Unlike California, which now relies on high-cost, out-of-state power imports to meet energy shortages, Unisource Energy is planning carefully, logically to build reliable in-state generation."

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