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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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Two Former Coastal Corp. Traders Accused of Fraud

LCG, Oct. 30, 2001--The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission yesterday accused two energy traders with defrauding their former employer, Coastal Corp., in an illegal trading scheme five years ago.

Clay Krhovjak and Paul Cochran, who were vice presidents with Coastal's commodity futures trading desk in Houston at the time, were responsible for placing trades with the New York Mercantile Exchange.

They are charged with moving $89,228 from successful Coastal trades into straw man accounts, thus shifting Coastal's profits to themselves.

The Commission said in its complaint that the scheme "ensured Cochran, Krhovjak and other participants risk-free personal profits." The two could face civil penalties and trading prohibitions if found guilty.

Cochran and Krhovjak have already pleaded guilty in a U.S. District Court in Texas. In September of last year, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit commodities fraud, with sentencing expected early next year.

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