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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Davis' PR Hitman Quits Without Pay

LCG, July 31, 2001Chris Lehane, one of two spin doctors for former President Clinton who have helped shape California Gov. Gray Davis' response to the state's energy crunch, has cut ties with the administration and won't be paid for work already completed, the Sacramento Bee reported this morning.

Lehane and his partner, Mark Fabiani, were hired by Davis in May on a six-month, $30,000-a-month contract. Fabiani left last month an neither will receive any money for their services, the paper said.

Because Lehane and Fabiani each received at least $10,000 under contract with Southern California Edison Co. in the past year, Lewis Uhler, president of the National Tax Limitation Committee, filed a lawsuit alleging that conflict of interest laws had been violated.

Davis spokesman Steve Maviglio, himself caught in the conflict of interest controversy, said Lehane and Fabiani were instrumental in persuading the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to limit the wholesale cost of power in the state.

"Chris Lehane provided an invaluable service to the people of California in helping us get action after a yearlong wait from FERC," Maviglio told the Bee. "It's a shame that politics gets in the way of public service."

Uhler, however, said he believes Lehane and Fabiani represent a larger problem in the Davis administration, and he pointed to the recent dismissal of energy traders who held stock in energy companies.

"Doesn't anybody in the Governor's Office understand conflict of interest?" he asked.

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