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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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Close Delayed on Two NRG Energy Plant Acquisitions

LCG, July 26, 2001-- NRG Energy Inc. said this morning that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has instructed its staff to convene a technical conference to "further explore issues related to the competitive effects" resulting from NRG's proposed acquisition of the Bridgeport and New Haven Harbor Stations in Connecticut.

The order directs FERC staff to report back to the Commission within 90 days after exploring "issues regarding market power concerns."

NRG has planned extensive emissions upgrades to the 660 megawatt Bridgeport plant and the 460 megawatt New Haven station, both of which it is buying from United Illuminating Co. FERC's action will delay closing the transaction beyond this summer, the original target of the companies, NRG said.

"Upon review of the FERC order received yesterday, it is clear some issues have yet to be resolved. However, NRG is confident the FERC will ultimately approve the transaction," said Craig A. Mataczynski, chief executive of NRG North America.

"Connecticut will benefit from this acquisition as it will help to ensure a healthy fuel diversity within New England's power grid so that affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity is available when and where it is needed," he added.

Mataczynski said his company plans significant cuts in emission from both plants. , "NRG remains committed to reducing sulphur emissions at the New Haven facility by 50 percent and, after installing additional environmental controls, reducing sulphur emissions by more than 90 percent at the Bridgeport Harbor facility," he said.

The transaction also requires approval by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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