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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Enel Buys 40% Stake in Camuzzi Gazometri

LCG, Oct. 17, 2001--Italy's government-owned electric utility Enel yesterday acquired a 40 percent stake in Camuzzi Gazometri for 434 million euros ($400 million U.S.), the Financial Times reported this morning.

Enel, which wants to be all utilities to all Italians, providing service under one brand name for electricity, gas, water and telecommunications, made its first purchase in the natural gas sector last June. It has since gobbled up 13 gas distribution companies.

The stake in Camuzzi Gazometri, which it has the option of expanding to 100 percent by the end of next year, will make Enel Italy's second largest gas distributor after Gruppo Italgas.

Enel bought its 40 percent stake from Mill Hill Investments, Camuzzi Gazometri's controlling shareholder. The Financial Times says the acquisition means Enel could achieve its target of acquiring 2 million residential natural gas customers by the end of next year - two years ahead of its original target date.

According to the paper, Enel and Mill Hill investments have put in a place a series of management mechanisms to ensure that Camuzzi is managed "in their common interest". The agreement gives Mill Hill an option to buy back its 40 per cent stake by October of next year at a price that is 25 per cent above Tuesday's sale price, the report said.

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