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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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Fitchburg to Cut Default Service Electric Rates 45%

LCG, Oct. 4, 2001--Unitil Corp. said yesterday its wholly owned subsidiary Fitchburg Gas & Electric Light Co. has filed for a 45 percent decrease in its electric default service rates with the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy.

If approved, the proposed rates will go into effect for the period from this coming December 1 to May 31 of next year.

FG&E will offer the new low default service rate to all of its low-income customers, including those presently served under standard offer service, in accordance with an MDTE policy aimed at ensuring that low-income customers always receive the lowest possible rate from the utility.

Under the FG&E proposal, the default service rate will decrease by more than 45 percent for residential customers, dropping to 4.996 cents per kilowatt-hour from the currently effective rate of 9.128 cents. As a result, a typical residential customer on default service using 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month will see his monthly bill drop to $65.40 from the current level of $86.06, a reduction of $20.66. Commercial and industrial customers currently taking default service will also see similar decreases in rates, the company said.

"I am very pleased to announce another rate decrease for Unitil customers," said Unitil chief executive Bob Schoenberger. "Combined with the decrease in rates for gas service which we filed on September 17th, this is very good news for our customers and will reduce the economic burden of energy costs for this coming winter particularly for our low income customers."

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