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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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Virginia Begins Hearings on Dominion Restructuring

LCG, Oct. 12, 2001--The Virginia State Corporation Commission began hearings yesterday to decide whether to allow Dominion Resources Inc. to create an unregulated electric generation company, separate from its from Virginia Electric & Power Co. subsidiary.

Dominion wants the separate power producer in place when electricity deregulation takes effect in the Old Dominion on January 1.

Dominion Resources, which is already a holding company, favors a complete "legal separation" of its entities, which would create a new company called Dominion Generation, into which it would transfer generating assets belonging to Virginia Power.

That's the "cleanest, safest, easiest to monitor and the most effective way" to accomplish its goals, James C. Roberts, the company's lawyer, told the commission.

Dominion Generation would do business as a power wholesaler throughout the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region, and would be regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rather than by Virginia.

The commission staff prefers a less complete separation that would keep the power producing assets under its regulatory oversight.

The commission will conduct several days of hearings with testimony expected from at least 15 parties. Included among them are alternative energy providers who are concerned that Dominion would restructure its power producing costs in a way that would make it impossible for them to compete with the entrenched company.

Some consumer advocates have expressed concern over "cost shifting" -- the possibility that Dominion would, when unbundling its retail electric rates, assign some generation costs to distribution in order to keep its wholesale rates below market values.

One member of the commission staff recommended caution. "This is not the time to take sweeping and irremediable actions," William Chambliss said.

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