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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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Indian State Must Refund $22.3 Million to Power Company

LCG, Oct. 1, 2001--The Supreme Court of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has ordered the state's electricity supply board to refund a security deposit made by Korean firm Daewoo Power Co. in July 1998, the Economic Times reported this morning from New Delhi.

In what the paper called "a major decision that could set a precedent in the ongoing wrangle between state electricity boards and independent power producers," the Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board was ordered to refund 1.07 billion rupees ($22.3 million U.S.) to the Korean firm within three months.

The MPSEB had been resisting refunding the amount even though it was bound to do so by an agreement to return the money on termination of the power purchase agreement. Daewoo Power terminated the power purchase agreement in August in August of last year after the MPSEB changed the conditions for giving a bankable escrow cover to the power project.

Now, the MPSEB contends that it is not in a position to refund in the money as it had pledged the fixed deposit receipts created from the security money to State Bank of India to secure overdraft facilities.

Daewoo Power's problem with MPSEB dates back to 1998 when the state-run utility decided unilaterally to reallocate the escrow covers given to Daewoo Power and four other power projects in December 1997. The MPSEB required Daewoo to give a security deposit of 2 per cent of the $1.12 billion project cost as guarantee that the company would achieve financial closure within two months of being given a bankable escrow agreement.

That financial arrangement was upheld by the Madhya Pradesh Supreme Court in February of 2000, but two months later the MPSEB abruptly changed the conditions to state that the cover would be given only after the company achieved financial closure. At this point, Daewoo requested a refund of its security deposit on the grounds that "the purpose for which it was originally requested ceased to exist." It was instead told that it would have to terminate the PPA to get the refund.

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