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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Heat Sends East Coast Power Use Soaring

LCG, July 26, 2001-- Hot, sticky weather along the U.S. eastern seaboard sent electric power use soaring yesterday, prompting utilities and the nation's largest independent system operator to call on customers to conserve energy.

The heat wave pushed electricity demand to a new summer record level for PPL Electric Utilities on Wednesday afternoon, PPL Corp. said. Between 1 and 2 p.m., PPL Electric Utilities delivered 6,394 megawatt- hours of electricity to its 1.3 million customers. That surpassed the existing summer record of 6,387 megawatt-hours set on July 19, 1999.

Consolidated Edison Inc. said in a statement that it hit a new peak in energy demand at 2 p.m. EDT by providing 11,858 megawatts in electrical power to its 3.1 million customers. The new benchmark eclipsed the previous record of 11,850 megawatts set on July 6, 1999.

Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., Potomac Electric Power Co. and Public Service Electric & Gas Co. said they and other PJM Power Pool companies asked that customers cut back their non-essential electricity use until early evening unless it is equipment required for health or safety purposes.

All PJM Power Pool companies serving 22 million people in the mid- Atlantic area activated similar reduction programs because of high energy demand due to the hot, humid weather.

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