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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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Duane Arnold Nuke Near Restart After Electric Fix

LCG, Oct. 23, 2001--A spokeswoman for the company that manages operation of Alliant Energy Corp.'s 535 megawatt Duane Arnold nuclear power plant near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, said the plant was preparing for a restart after repairs made to a faulty electric system.

Maureen Brown, a spokeswoman for Nuclear Management Co., the plant's operator, said the maintenance work had been completed and the reactor was in "hot standby" yesterday morning. The continued shutdown of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Website, and its daily plant status report, makes it difficult to know whether the plant has been restarted.

Brown declined to guess at when the plant would be back in service, though yesterday's hot standby could mean today's restart. According to the Nuclear management Co. Website, Duane Arnold was at 7.8 percent power this morning. It will take several days to ramp the reactor up to full power.

The plant was shut down manually on October 17 when operators noticed a fault in the electric system that controls cooling water circulation. Workers took advantage of the shutdown to replace a pump seal that had been scheduled for repairs later this month.

Alliant Energy's IES Utilities Inc. owns 70 percent of Duane Arnold. Central Iowa Power Cooperative, with 20 percent, and Corn Belt Power Cooperative, with 10 percent, are the other owners.

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