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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Talks to Resume in Illinois Power Plant Strike

LCG, July 24, 2001Midwest Generation, the owner of 12 coal-fired power plants in Illinois that produce about a fourth of the state's electricity, said yesterday that talks would resume Thursday with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in an effort to end a 25-day-old strike at the plants.

Local 15 of the IBEW said it would meet tomorrow with the company and a federal mediator. One way or another, the two sides are expected to get together this week.

Company managers and supervisory personnel have been operating the seven baseload and five peaking plants since the union walked out on June 28. Bill Starr, business manager of the union local, said in a statement that Midwest Generation "has struggled to operate its power plants under normalcircumstances," and that Chicago-area heat and humidity will provide "an even greater challenge for the company to maintain its operations."

"That's false," a company spokesman said. "Our plants are running without problems."

Midwest Generation has offered workers a pay increase, but the union is holding out over work rules and the use of outside contractors to do some work it believes should be performed by employees. The company has said acceding to those demands would make it impossible to effectively manage its business.

Midwest Generation, a unit of Southern California-based Edison International Inc., purchased the 12 plants from Commonwealth Edison Co. of Chicago in 1999 and sells their output to ComEd.

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