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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Northwestern Reaches Agreement on Montana Air Quality

LCG, Oct. 10, 2001--Northwestern Corp. said yesterday it has reached an agreement with the Montana Environmental Information Center, Missouri River Citizens Inc. and individual petitioners to settle challenges to an air quality permit for a new power plant near Great Falls.

The settlement was coordinated by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, which had earlier decided to issue the air quality permit.

Under the agreement, the company will speed up installation of emission controls on the 240 megawatt, natural gas-fueled project, and will fund and develop an energy conservation program for low-income families in Montana.

" We stated from the time we announced the project that Northwestern would work with all parties to assure that Montana First Megawatts would benefit all Montanans," said Mike Hanson, president and chief executive of Northwestern Services Group. "Under this agreement, Northwestern will accelerate the installation of certain emission-reduction technology that will make it one of the cleanest operating electricity generators in the state."

Hanson said the new facility could begin producing electricity by July 1 of next year.

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