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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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NorCal 45 Megawatt Peaker to Start in 10 Days

LCG, July 23, 2001Work is nearly completed on a 44.6 megawatt peaking power plant being built on the site of a former lumber mill in Northern California and the facility is expected to be on-line by August 1, the Redding (Calif.) Record-Searchlight reported Saturday.

Installation of the final two natural gas-fueled combustion turbines began Friday at the site in Red Bluff and was expected to be finished tomorrow, when operators will begin testing the units.

A peaking plant would ordinarily be operated only during periods of peak demand, about 500 hours a year. The Red Bluff facility, under contract to the California Independent System operator, is expected to run as many as 2,280 hours a year until the state once again enjoys a comfortable margin of power reserves.

The small facility is just one of about 40 peaker plants being built throughout the state to operate when statewide power supplies are stretched to their limit, Kevin Herron, construction manager for the Red Bluff plant, told the paper.

Unseasonably cool summer weather has spared California from rolling blackouts since May 8, despite predictions that this would be a summer of electrical discontent, but Herron says that could change in a hurry if there were to be a heat wave.

"Politicians shouldn't be lulled into a false sense of security," he told the Record-Searchlight, adding that he believes the state's energy surplus will quickly dissipate once the weather turns hotter and air conditioners are running at full blast.

The Red Bluff plant is being built by Neo California Power Co., which is owned by Minneapolis-based NRG Energy Corp.

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