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 Power Firm Meets with Enron in Buyout Talks

LCG, Oct. 2, 2001--Tata Power Co. Ltd., India's larges developer of power plants, is in preliminary talks with Enron to buy the U.S. company's 65 percent stake in the $2.9-billion Dabhol Power Co., the Economic Times said this morning.

"We have had one preliminary meeting," Tata Power's managing director said. "Everyone knows some solution has to be found for Dabhol, and we have submitted a preliminary letter of interest." He added "We will go ahead with this only if it makes sense from the consumers' angle and the stakeholders' angle."

Over the weekend, The Economic Times reported that Tata Power, a unit of India's second-largest conglomerate, would start final negotiations with Enron after consultants JM Financial and Ernst & Young had submitted their report.

Tata Power, which is headquartered in Mumbai, the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra, is well-placed to know of the problems Enron has had with the state, the Maharashtra State Electricity Board, Maharashtra electricity regulators and a Maharashtra committee recently set up to resolve the dispute between the American company and its Indian customer.

The various Indian authorities have made repeated attempts to induce Enron to renegotiate terms of agreements reached in the mid-1990s for construction and operation of Dabhol, but the company has just as often refused.

In July, Kenneth Lay, Enron's chairman, said his company wanted out of India and would sell Dabhol for what it had in it -- a little over $1 billion.

The Economic Times quoted a Tata official as saying his company would "demand Enron scale down the price." Enron is not expected to be amenable to that suggestion.

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