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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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Texas to get a Whiff of Electric Dereg Tomorrow

LCG, July 30, 2001One out of 20 retail electric customers in Texas will be eligible to start receiving power from an alternative service provider beginning at 12:01 tomorrow morning, as the state begins a pilot program to get ready for full deregulation next January 1.

Originally set to begin June 1, the pilot program has been delayed by computer problems. At least one alternative service provider, and an environmentally friendly one at that, thinks the wait was worth it.

Eleanor Scott, a spokeswoman for Green Mountain Energy, said "We think waiting until all the systems are ready will let us provide good customer service."

Good service without California's problems, is the promise of Texas industry officials. They point to recent commissioning of several new power plants in the Lone Star State as insurance against soaring prices and rolling blackouts.

In Texas, and everywhere else but Sacramento, an insufficiency of supply in California is seen as the cause of that state's problems. In California, the high power prices and rolling blackouts are blamed on energy companies from Texas.

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