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

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Enron Drops Plans for Florida Power Plant

LCG, July 26, 2001Enron Corp. has dropped plans to build a power plant near Biscayne National Park in southeast Miami-Dade County, Fla., company officials said, stressing that is was not local "not in my backyard" sentiments that caused the change of heart.

Nevertheless, the decision was a major, and unexpected, victory for residents who had been gearing up to fight the proposed plant about a mile from their homes, the Miami Herald said.

Environmentalists, who also opposed the project because of its location at the doorstep of Biscayne National Park, also were pleased. "This was so close to places we have spent a long time trying to protect," said Alan Farago, conservation chairman of the Sierra Club in Miami-Dade.

Enron said the company dropped plans for the plant because it appeared the permitting process would be lengthy, complicated by a county plan to close an old construction dump on the 61-acre site.

"The timing on a facility is just such that, as in any business, when you have a project, you want to be able to complete the project on a timely basis," Enron spokeswoman Lea Sooter said. "The county has been trying to close that landfill for about a year. Our focus was what's going to benefit the community. If we pull ourselves out of the process, that time line would likely shorten," she said.

Sooter said it would have cost the company an extra $2 million to close the construction landfill, which it was willing to pay. She said Enron chose the site because the company thought it would bring benefits to the community. "Enron chose the site because it would benefit the citizens of Miami-Dade County by closing the landfill, recycling water from the water treatment facility. And it would have preserved the wetlands and reestablished native flora," she told the Miami Herald.

She added that the county would also have benefited from collecting taxes on the $130 million project and about 600 new jobs would have been created while the plant was being built.

This is the second time this year that Enron backed away from plans to build a power plant in South Florida, the paper said. A similar project in Pompano Beach was scrapped, but the company wants to build in Deerfield Beach.

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