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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Cogentrix Puts Itself Up for Sale

LCG, Oct. 26, 2001--Cogentrix Energy Inc., the privately-owned independent power producer, has dropped plans for a public offering of its stock and has instead hired investment banker Goldman Sachs & Co. to find a buyer, Reuters news agency reported yesterday.

With the nation's stock markets in the doldrums, Cogentrix has scrapped plans for an initial public offering and instead expects to realize between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in a direct sale to an energy company looking to broaden its base in independent power production.

Cogentrix, which earned $51.5 million on revenues of $551 million last year, owns outright or has partial ownership in 28 power plants in 14 U.S. states. Its total generation capacity is about 7,800 megawatts.

Because Cogentrix is privately owned, financial information about the company is not available through usual channels, but Reuters said documents detailing the company's financial position have been floating on Wall Street.

At least three energy companies -- Dominion Resources Inc., Dynegy Inc. and El Paso Corp. -- are said to have expressed interest in Cogentrix.

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