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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Kelliher Likely to be Confirmed as FERC Commissioner

LCG, Oct. 18, 2001--The nomination by President Bush of Joseph Kelliher to fill the open seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission got a warm reception yesterday from both sides of the Senate aisle.

Bush had announced his intention on Tuesday to appoint Kelliher to the post vacated by former chairman Curtis Hebert, who resigned in August to join Entergy Corp. as vice president of governmental affairs.

There should be no problem with confirmation in the U.S. Senate, said capitol hill sources. The nomination must first gain approval from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee before it is considered by the full chamber.

"I don't anticipate that there will be any hang-ups," said a member of the committee staff. "We all know Kelliher. We've worked with him all summer long. He's been the administration's go-to guy on electricity issues."

In addition to serving on the Bush transition team last winter, Kelliher has served as an aide to Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, and as a senior advisor to Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.

The nominee is also well-liked in the industry. "We look forward to working with him. We know he has a broad and deep experience in electricity issues," said a spokeswoman for the Edison Electric Institute, the trade association for the nation's electric utilities.

About the only opposition to Kelliher's nomination came from Ralph Nader's Public Citizen group. "We are definitely not pleased with Kelliher's nomination. I think it could threaten to tip the scales at FERC," said spokesman Tyson Slocum.

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