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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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Mirant Buys Half of Avista Oregon Power Project

LCG, Oct. 24, 2001--Mirant Corp. and Avista Corp. announced separately this morning that they had signed a letter of intent for Mirant to acquire a 50 percent interest in a 280 megawatt power project being developed by Avista near Boardman, Ore.

The Coyote Springs 2 power project is currently under construction and is expected to begin commercial operation next summer. The natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle will be connected to the Bonneville Power Administration's transmission system.

Mirant said the reason for its investment was to expand its generation capacity in the pacific northwest, while Avista said the sale was to save money, though precise financial details were not disclosed.

The two companies will share equally in the costs of construction and operation of the plant and will jointly own the project. They also will share equally in the marketing of the plant's output.

Avista said it has already spent about $140 million on the facility, which has an estimated total cost of between $180 million and $190 million. The company is making an effort to reduce capital expenditures by more than $50 million by the end of next year.

The companies said the deal is expected to close by the end of this year.

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