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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Union Says Atmosphere 'Hostile' at Beaver Valley Nuke

LCG, Oct. 2, 2001--The union representing 450 employees who operate and maintain the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power plant in Shippingport, Pa., is at odds with First Energy Corp. over the proposals for more flexible work arrangements, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported this morning.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers contract with First Energy expired Sunday, but workers reported this morning without a contract. Negotiations are schedule for tomorrow.

Jeff Davis, business agent for Local 29, said the union offered the company a day-to-day contract extension with 72-hour notice of strike or lockout, but that the offer was declined. He said the company promised to maintain previous rates of pay but reserved the right to make some work-rule changes.

Beaver Valley, along with the rest of the commercial nuclear power plants in the U.S., has been under tightened security since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, a condition Davis says worsens the atmosphere at the plant.

"It's a real hostile and tense working environment in the nuclear plant right now," Davis said, adding that the union was trying to set a date for a strike authorization vote this week. "There's a very, very high level of tension."

First Energy spokesman Todd Schneider said that aside from the extra security there were no changes in conditions that would affect the workplace. He said the company, which assumed the just-expired contract when it acquired the plant from Duquesne Light Co. in 1999, wanted to bring the Shippingport contract in line with those at other First Energy plants.

The union says the dispute with the utility is over contract proposals affecting work rules, vacations and scheduling.

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