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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Palo Verde Unit 2 Down for Control Repairs

LCG, Oct. 11, 2001--Arizona Public Service Co. yesterday shut down its 1,270 megawatt Palo Verde Unit 2 nuclear power plant for repairs to its control system, characterizing the shutdown as "unscheduled maintenance."

During a scheduled 35-day refueling shutdown of Unit 3 beginning September 29, operators identified degradation of the control systems. Because Unit 3 is an identical twin of Unit 2, the latter unit was shut down as a preventive measure yesterday.

APS said the work could take up to a month to complete.

"Replacement activities in Units 2 and 3 will not impact the schedule for Unit 3's refueling, which is expected to be complete in early November," APS said.

The control assemblies of 1,270 megawatt Unit 1 at Palo Verde were changed during a refueling outage earlier this year, the company said.

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