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Tampa Electric Plans to $800 Million Investment in New Solar Power Generation

LCG, February 24, 2020--Tampa Electric recently announced plans to expand its use of solar power to meet customer needs in Florida. The company plans to invest approximately $800 million to add 600 MW of solar electric generating capacity by the end of 2023, when the total solar capacity would exceed 1,250 MW. Solar power will then account for about 14 percent of the utility's energy.

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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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Panel Recommends 'Solutions' to Enron's India Problem

LCG, Oct. 1, 2001--A panel set up by the Indian state of Maharashtra has suggested the federal government be willing to spend almost 57 billion rupees ($1.19 billion U.S.) to help save Enron Corp's. Dabhol power project, which has been idle since June, the Business Standard daily paper said today.

The recommendations would cost Dabhol Power Co's. U.S. owners more in cash than it would the Indian government.

The committee was set up earlier this year to review all aspects of the bitter and long-running dispute between Enron, the state of Maharashtra, the Maharashtra State Electricity Board and the Indian central government.

When the MSEB -- Dabhol's only customer -- ceased power purchases earlier this year, the company shut down production at the 740 megawatt First Phase of the 2,184 megawatt power plant and Enron ceased construction on the Second Phase, which was 97 percent complete.

Since Dabhol first began producing power, Enron has been locked in a messy dispute with the MSEB over getting paid, and for several months running was forced to invoke a guarantee by Maharashtra state and a counter-guarantee by the Indian federal government.

Tiring of the brouhaha, Enron said in July that it wants to exit India and would be willing to sell its 65 percent interest in Dabhol for what it has in it. Two other owners, General Electric Co. and Bechtel Enterprises with 10 percent each, indicated they were of similar mind. The MSEB owns the remaining 15 percent.

The Maharashtra panel has recommended that Enron, GE and Bechtel together absorb a loss of 28.35 billion rupees ($590 million), apparently out of the goodness of their hearts, in order that the tariff on Dabhol's power might be reduced to a figure the MSEB considers palatable.

The contribution of the Indian federal government would include 25 billion rupees ($521 million) in cash, waiving customs duties on the import of liquefied natural gas (used to fuel the plant) and cutting import duties on capital goods, the report said.

For its part, Enron wants as little to do with the MSEB, the state of Maharashtra, the Maharashtra electricity regulators and now the Maharashtra review committee as possible. The U.S. company has asked the International Court of Arbitration in London to settle the matter, as provided for in its contracts with India and the state of Maharashtra.

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