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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First Energy Gets Final Okay for GPU Takeover

LCG, Oct. 30,2001--First Energy Corp. of Ohio said yesterday it had received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission for its pending takeover of New Jersey-based GPU Inc., a merger that will create the nation's fourth largest investor-owned electric utility.

First Energy said it will begin combined operations of both companies on November 7.

Chief executive H. Peter Burg said the company "will be even better positioned to provide customers with reliable and affordable electricity and a variety of energy-related services."

The company also announced details for exchange of stock by GPU shareholders who will get cash, or a combination of cash and stock, or stock for their shares, depending on what they elect and on a complicated formula related to the closing price of First Energy common stock over a 20-day period.

GPU shareholders were reminded that they had only until 5 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, to make their election.

The combined companies will have annual revenues of more than $12 billion and electricity sales of about 124 billion kilowatt-hours to some 4.3 million customers in a service territory stretching from the Ohio-Indiana border to the New Jersey shore.

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