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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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UK's BG to Buy Enron India Oil and Gas Assets

LCG, Oct. 3, 2001--British natural gas producer BG Plc said this morning it had agreed to buy Enron Corp.'s oil and gas assets off India's west coast for $388 million to complement its Indian interests in gas distribution and liquefied natural gas.

Enron's Dabhol Power Co. is not part of the deal, though Dabhol's 2,184 megawatt power plant is fueled by LNG obtained under a long-term agreement from Qatar.

Enron Oil and Gas India Limited has a 30 percent interest in the Tapti and Panna Mukta fields north west of Bombay, and a 62.4 percent interest in the CB-OS/1 exploration license off the state of Gujarat. The Enron unit is operator of the concessions under agreements with its joint venture partners.

In addition to regulatory approvals, the sale of Enron's assets would require confirmation that Enron Oil and Gas India would continue as operator of the fields under BG's ownership. However, the state-run drilling company ONGC, which has a 40 percent stake in Tapti and Panna Mukta, has indicated it wants to take over operation of the fields.

On learning of Enron's interest in selling its interests in the fields, ONGC expressed interest in boosting its ownership to 70 percent.

BG has LNG import facilities under development in western India. David McManus, the company's executive vice president with responsibility for India, said yesterday "What this additional gas will do is create the marketplace in advance of LNG imports coming in behind it and in fact will fill the supply deficit that currently exists."

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