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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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ISO New England Submits Generator Incentive Proposal

LCG, Mar. 2, 2004--The Independent System Operator New England (ISO NE) has developed a proposal for review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) concerning payments to generators to provide them incentives to operate in areas around Boston and Connecticut that are vulnerable to congestion.

The grid operator would like its proposal to be implemented June 1, although FERC may request changes to the plan. The general idea of the incentive system has received the agency's support previously. The chief executive of the ISO, Gordon van Welie, has said that the plan relies in part on market-based payments to generators, instead of negotiated payments entirely. Some plants are operating but losing money, under "reliability must run" orders issued by the ISO.

The attorney general of Massachusetts, Thomas F. Reilly, has expressed skepticism that the amount of incentives are justified. Utility NStar Electric's spokesman Michael Durand was quoted in the Boston Globe as saying the plan, which NStar estimates could lead to a 7 per cent increase rate hike for its customers, "would cost our customers too much money."

According to van Welie, the plan tries to address the problems of siting and past investment decisions that have left some regions with more power than they require, while others are vulnerable to problems of insufficient transmission and higher prices.
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