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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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NRC Shuts Website in Anti-Terrorist Move

LCG, Oct. 12, 2001--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has shut down its site on the World Wide Web for a review of the information it contains. The agency is concerned that it may have been providing terrorists with useful information.

Yesterday morning, as EnergyOnline Daily News was writing of the shutdown of two reactors at the Palo Verde nuclear complex in Arizona, we turned to the NRC Website hoping to learn whether defective "control equipment" reported by plant operator Arizona Public Service Co. meant the control rod assemblies and related machinery.

The NRC Website wasn't there. Gone with it was the daily plant status report, reports of "events" at commercial reactors, ratings of nuclear power plants, maps showing the locations of nuclear power plants, and lots of other information that is useful to reporters, if not terrorists.

Today, the NRC Website had only a message: "Our site is not operational at this time. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has taken the action to shut down its web site. In support of our mission to protect public health and safety, we are performing a review of all material on our site. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these difficult times."

An NRC spokesman at the agency's Rockville, Md., headquarters said the agency was looking at what information might potentially be of value to terrorists.

The NRC said its Website would remain off-line until further notice.

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