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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Duke Energy Florida Announces New Solar Power Projects

LCG, January 29, 2020--Duke Energy Florida (DEF) Monday announced the locations of its two newest solar power plants that will provide a combined installed capacity of nearly 150 MW. DEF is investing an estimated $1 billion to construct or acquire a total of 700 MW of cost-effective solar power facilities from 2018 through 2022 in Florida, and planning for another 1,500 MW of solar generation through 2028.

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Spain's Hidrocantabrico may go to Portuguese Utility

LCG, Oct. 30, 2001--Government-owned Electricidade de Portugal is expected to gain control of Spanish utility Hidroelectrica del Cantabrico because of its alliance with Cajastur, a Spanish bank which is a major shareholder of Spain's fourth-largest electric company.

Jousting over Hidrocantabrico has been going on for at least three years, since Texas Utilities bought a 5 percent stake in the utility in 1998 "to share knowledge and ideas." One of those ideas turned out to be an acquisition of the rest of the Spanish company. That effort foundered in March of 2000.

Acquisition of Hidrocantabrico is complicated by the company's by-laws, which allow no shareholder more than 10 percent of board votes no matter how large a proportion of common stock is owned. Electricidade de Portugal and Cajastur between them hold a majority of Hidrocantabrico's voting rights, despite controlling just 35 per cent of its shares.

Electricidade de Portugal's rival, Energie Baden-Wurttemberg, a German utility which acquired 60 per cent of Hidrocantabrico last year in association with a Spanish partner, is limited to 10 percent of the board vote and now says it is prepared to accept the Portuguese utility's dominant position.

In exchange for accepting the inevitable, Energie Baden-Wurttemberg says it want to play an active part in Hidrocantabrico management.

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