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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 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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Enron India's Sale of Gas Assets to BG in Peril

LCG, Oct. 11, 2001--The agreed upon sale by Enron India Oil and Gas of its 30 percent interest in three oil and gas fields to BG Plc of the UK (the former British Gas) is imperiled by the desire of India's Reliance Industries Ltd. to operate the fields after the change of ownership.

Enron's agreement with BG is contingent upon the U.S. company continuing to operate the Panna, Mukta and Tapti fields, which lie off India's western coast, and are considered among the more promising recent finds in the country.

The three fields produce among them about 8 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.

Reliance, which also owns a 30 percent stake in the fields, has applied to the government to be appointed the operator, which could derail the deal, according to sources in India.

Enron said it wants to sell its interest in the fields in order to concentrate on its energy trading business, but the company has also said it wants to simply exit India because of problems with its 65 percent owned Dabhol Power Co. in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

BG said it wants the Panna, Mukta and Tapti fields to supplement its interests in gas distribution and liquefied natural gas in India.

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