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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Cal ISO Warns of Possible Power Shortages

LCG, Oct. 3, 2001--The California Independent System Operator warned yesterday of possible electricity shortages as 9,300 megawatts of generation could be off-line toward the end of October due to plant maintenance, emission reduction projects, "forced" or unplanned outages, and low water conditions.

If the repair work were to coincide with a high-demand day, operating reserves could fall below critical levels, Cal ISO said. The state has not seen rolling blackouts since May 8 and the ISO doesn't want to declare a Stage 3 emergency which would bring them on.

Cal ISO said it expects to have enough power available today and through the month of October to meet the forecast demand, as long as conservation continues, but stresses the importance of conservation as an important tool to help the it balance the grid and lower consumers bills.

The agency is urging Californians to continue using less power, and specifically to use less power during the peak hours between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

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