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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AES, Rival Both Drop out of Bidding for Chile's Edelnor

LCG, Oct. 15, 2001--AES Corp. of the united States said this morning in a terse statement that is withdrawing its tender offer to purchase the debt of Chilean power company Empresa Electrica del Norte Grande, or Edelnor.

The notice came on the heels of a similar announcement from Electroandina of Chile, which had made a rival offer for the debt.

Edelnor, one of the largest power producers in northern Chile, is controlled by U.S. energy firm Mirant Corp., and has been plagued by losses. Mirant has said it will not make any further investments in Edelnor.

Acquisition of the debt would have given either AES or Electroandina control of Edelnor, but no both companies have apparently lost interest.

"We have decided not to go ahead with the offer for Edelnor," Manlio Alessi, a senior manager of Tractebel Andino, one of the partners in Electroandina said. No similar statement was forthcoming from AES.

AES had bid $375 per $1,000 of Edelnor's debt, while Electroandina had offered $380. Neither price was high enough to attract interest from bondholders.

"There is a big difference between the price we are willing to pay and the price at which the bond holders are willing to sell," Alessi said.

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