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 Wants Indian Government to Help it get Paid

LCG, Oct. 24, 2001--AES Corp. of the U.S. has asked the prime minister of India for his help in getting paid for power it has produced for the state of Orissa on India's east coast.

The dispute is an echo of a similar brouhaha on the west coast of the subcontinent, this one between the state of Maharashtra and Enron Corp.

In a letter to Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee earlier this month, AES President Dennis W. Bakke said the problem in Orissa had prompted his company to have second thoughts about whether to remain in India.

According to the Associated Press, Bakke told the prime minister that his company has faced "expropriation, repeated contract violations, intimidation ... and direct interference with day-to-day management" by the state government and its agencies. The letter also complained about government-run agencies failing to pay 2.1 billion rupees ($44 million U.S.) in bills.

"If the situation faced by AES is not remedied urgently, it will undermine the trust and confidence of foreign investors in India," Bakke wrote. "While AES still remains committed to India as a country it would very much like to serve, our determination to continue is being tested."
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