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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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Duke Energy Florida Announces New Solar Power Projects

LCG, January 29, 2020--Duke Energy Florida (DEF) Monday announced the locations of its two newest solar power plants that will provide a combined installed capacity of nearly 150 MW. DEF is investing an estimated $1 billion to construct or acquire a total of 700 MW of cost-effective solar power facilities from 2018 through 2022 in Florida, and planning for another 1,500 MW of solar generation through 2028.

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PJM Passes Tough Systems Audit

LCG, Oct. 16, 2001--PJM Interconnection, the regional transmission organization formed by members of the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland Power Pool, said yesterday it had passed with flying colors a tough audit of its systems conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

PJM said the audit indicated that its market settlement processes have achieved a comprehensive set of control objectives designed to protect the integrity of market settlement data, assuring its 200 members that the information and activities they rely on from PJM are operated in a well controlled and risk-managed environment.

"We are pleased with the results of this audit and proud to be able to demonstrate to our members that our control and business practices meet stringent guidelines," said Phillip G. Harris, PJM chief executive.

PJM pointed out that it had voluntarily submitted to the Statement on Auditing Standards 70 type II audit, which encompassed all control objectives related to the PJM market settlement process as well as its Internet tools -- the information technology infrastructure that supports the multiple PJM markets.

According to PricewaterhouseCooper's findings, the controls that were tested were operating with sufficient effectiveness to provide reasonable assurance that the specified control objectives were achieved during the time period covered by the audit, PJM said.

PJM claims (with justification) to be the country's only fully functioning RTO, operating the world's largest competitive wholesale electricity market and one of North America's largest power grids.

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