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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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Montana Power in 5-year Power Deal with PPL

LCG, Oct. 17, 2001--Montana Power Co. and PPL Montana said separately yesterday they have reached a five-year deal with under which it will Montana Power receive 450 megawattsof electricity, beginning July 1 of next year.

Two-thirds of the amount will be baseload power while the remaining 150 megawatts will provide supply during periods of peak demand. The average wholesale price for the entire 450 megawatts is about $32 per megawatt-hour.

"Our objective was to obtain, on behalf of our customers, the best-priced electricity available on the market today. The bid process achieved the results we were hoping for," said Jack Haffey, president and chief operating officer of Montana Power's utility division. "Our customers are assured of safe and reliable electricity supply at very competitive prices."

PPL Montana, a subsidiary of Allentown, Pa.-based PPL Corp., was formed when PPL purchased the 154 megawatt J. E. Corette coal-fired power plant and Montana Power's 529 megawatt share in the Colstrip coal-burner from the utility. Altogether, PPL Montana owns about 1,150 megawatts of capacity in the state.

In its news release, PPL said the deal with Montana Power means it will have about two-thirds of the output of its Montana power plants under long-term contracts by next July.

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