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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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Indiana To Investigate IP&L Response To Storm Outages

LCG, July 25, 2001Slow response by Indianapolis Power & Light Co. to storm-cause outages two weeks ago appears to have caught the eye of the Indiana Regulatory Commission, which will open an investigation today into whether a takeover of the company was to blame.

Television station WRTV talked to IP&L customer Bill Goss, who went 24 hours after the storm with no power or low voltage. He said that he called IPL hundreds of time, mostly getting busy signals, sometimes getting disconnected, occasionally getting through, but getting wrong information.

Even though Goss lives in a critical zone, where two major feeder lines cross, he said that it took forever to get a crew out. And when someone finally came, he didn't know what he was doing.

Indiana regulators have worried that job cuts, the "synergies" AES Corp. talked about when it acquired IP&L, would produce service problems.

"We've seen in the past with other companies who have had major workforce reductions that thequality of service did suffer, and the people of Indiana suffered. The commission wants to move quickly this time to make sure that that doesn't happen again," spokeswoman Mary Beth Fisher said.

As far as Goss is concerned, it's already happened. He told television reporters that he can see a cutback in preventive maintenance, like tree trimming. And he said that one crewman admitted to him privately that the job cuts had left the utility unable to cope.

"They said that a lot of their experienced crewmen had taken early retirement, so they didn't have the manpower that they would normally have to respond to a storm like this," Goss said.

IP&L declined to comment on the investigation until the commission formally votes on it today, but said it would cooperate fully.

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