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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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Duke Begins Building Washington 600 Megawatter

LCG, Oct. 10, 2001--A subsidiary of Duke Energy Corp. said this morning that it would break ground today on a new $300 million electric power generating facility in Grays Harbor County, Wash., about 32 miles west of Olympia.

Duke Energy North America said the Grays Harbor Energy Facility, a 600 megawatt, combined-cycle power plant, will be located in the Satsop Development Park and is slated to begin commercial operation in mid-2003.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray noted that the energy crisis "does not get the attention it received a few months ago" but pointed out that the new plant will provide "much needed power, as well as family-wage jobs for Grays Harbor County."

The new plant will be constructed on a site next to terminated nuclear plant projects. While the nuclear plants were never operational, the new plant will use some of the site facilities associated with the partially completed plants, such as the electric transmission and water systems, Duke said.

Duke/Fluor Daniel will build the facility and work closely with local labor unions to complete the project. A peak work force of approximately 500 skilled workers will be employed during the construction. When complete, the facility will employ about 25 operation and maintenance professionals, the company said.

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