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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AES to Build 670 Megawatt Plant in Bulgaria

LCG, Oct. 18, 2001--A joint venture between AES Corp. of the U.S. and Bulgaria's government-owned National Electricity Company said this morning that AES would begin construction next May of a 670 megawatt coal-fired power plant at the Balkan country's Maritsa East coal mining complex.

AES will invest $225 million of its own funds for an undisclosed share of the project, the joint venture said in a news release. Another $625 million in funding is expected from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, U.S.-based Overseas Private Investment Corporation and Germany's Kredit fur Wiederaufbau.

Bulgaria has profited recently from exports of electric power, gaining $150 million last year from power deals with Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Yugoslavia. But as much as 40 percent of the nation's generating capacity is slated for decommissioning or overhaul by 2010, which could limit supply available for export.

The new plant is aimed at heading off that problem before it occurs.

The project is also expected to reduce Bulgaria's dependency on coal imports from Russia and Ukraine.

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