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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Entergy Refuels River Bend Nuke in 17 Days

LCG, Oct. 11, 2001--Entergy Corp. patted itself on the back this morning for completing a 17-day refueling outage at its 935 megawatt River Bend nuclear power plant near Baton Rouge, La.

"This record-breaking refueling outage is the product of commitment, dedication and teamwork by all our employees across the Entergy system," crowed Randall Edington, vice president of operations at River Bend. "Their enthusiasm and energy level created this milestone achievement in this station's history."

The refueling, which was the shortest on record for any boiling water reactor of its kind in the world, was completed in about half the time of River Bend's previous best.

River Bend is also among the nation's most reliable nuclear plants. Prior to being taken out of service for refueling, the plant had a year-to-date operating capacity factor of 100 percent.

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