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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India's Tata in Talks to Buy Enron's Dabhol Power

LCG, Oct. 15, 2001--India's Tata conglomerate has held "exploratory" talks to take over from Enron Corp. its 65 percent stake in the $2.9 billion, 2,184 megawatt Dabhol power plant in the Indian state of Maharashtra, the Financial Times reported yesterday.

Enron, weary of the difficulty in getting paid for power produced by Dabhol and by constant bickering with the Maharashtra State Electricity Board, its only customer, over terms of a contract signed in the mid-1990s, said in July that it wanted out of India and would accept about $1 billion for its interest in Dabhol.

Tate Power has notified the Indian government expressing interest in Dabhol, which it said would require the removal of significant roadblocks. Among these would be a renegotiation of Dabhol's tariffs and a reduction in the interest rates on Dabhol's debt.

Tata Power is talking about paying Enron about 80 cents on the dollar for its investment in Dabhol, a figure that may not be palatable to the Texas-based company.

Spokesman John Ambler said Enron continued to believe the best and quickest way to solve the problem would be for the Indian government, or one of its Indian financial backers, to take on Dabhol.

The Dabhol Power project is India's largest foreign investment, even though Indian lenders provided $1.4 billion in financing for the plant. About $630 million was provided by foreign institutions.

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