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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FERC Extends New York ISO Price Cap

LCG, Oct. 25, 2001--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday approved a request by the New York Independent System Operator for an extension of a price cap of $1,000 per megawatt hour for wholesale electricity bids handled by the ISO.

NY-ISO had asked the federal regulators to extend through April 30 of next year the prices caps which went into effect in July, 1999. If, as expected, power supplies in New York City and on Long Island appear to be marginal as next summer approaches, the ISO may ask for another extension.

Under those circumstances, it is likely that the price controls will remain in effect until the new, 11-state Northeast Regional Transmission Organization is operational.

In its order, FERC said it believed its decision "will promote price certainty and market participants' confidence in the New York ISO-administered markets, which will increase supply, improve reliability and ... lower energy prices."

The Northeast Regional Transmission Organization is one of four super-RTOs FERC wants to create to replace the smaller independent system operators and other organizations that have sprung up since electric industry restructuring took hold about five years ago.

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