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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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FERC Reaffirms Approval of Kern River Gas Projects

LCG, Oct. 25, 2001--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday reaffirmed its approval of two projects by a unit of The Williams Cos. aimed at increasing capacity on a natural gas pipeline into California.

Objections to the Kern River Gas Transmission Co. projects had been raised by companies that are presently shippers on the line. They complained that expanding capacity for new customers would reduce space available for their gas and asked FERC to reconsider the project approval.

Noting that there is a "critical need" for more pipeline capacity to serve California's growing fleet of gas-fueled power plants, FERC said the benefits of the projects outweighed any potential adverse impact on existing customers.

The two projects, called "The California Action Project" and the "2002 Expansion Project" will provide almost 150 million cubic feet of gas per day from Wyoming to California, and are scheduled for completion next May. The Kern River pipeline stretches 922 miles from gas fields in Wyoming to California.

Separately, Fern River has asked FERC for approval of plans to add 900 million cubic feet of daily capacity to the line in a project that would more than double current capacity and cost around $1 billion.

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