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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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FERC Okays Western Gas Pipeline Expansions

LCG, July 26, 2001The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved yesterday three natural gas pipeline projects in the western U.S., including PG&E Gas Transmission Northwest's plan to expand an existing pipeline to ship an additional 207 million cubic feet of natural gas daily to the Pacific Northwest and California.

The $122 million project includes increasing power at five existing compressor stations and installing 21 miles of new pipeline. The increased throughput will serve new gas-fueled power plants developed by Calpine Corp. and Newport Northwest.

"The addition of natural gas transportation capacity will facilitate the introduction of new powersupplies into the those regions," PG&E said, adding it will "help alleviate the current energy crisis."

FERC also approved on Wednesday a plan by the Kern River Gas Transmission Co. to increase capacity on an existing pipeline to ship an extra 10.5 million cubic feet of natural gas from Wyoming to California. The Williams Co. subsidiary plans to have the pipeline project finished by May of next year.

Kern River operates a 922-mile system delivering Rocky Mountain and Canadian natural gas tomarkets in California, Nevada and Utah. The company said the expansion will match increasing gas production in the Rocky Mountain Basin with growing demand for gas-fired power plants in the Far West.

In a third action, FERC gave preliminary approval to Colorado Interstate Gas Co.'s plan to expand an existing pipeline to ship an extra 280 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The pipeline expansion will allow the El Paso Corp. subsidiary to ship more natural gas to fuel electric generating plants along the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

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