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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FERC Reiterates Rule on Transmission Interconnection

LCG, Mar. 3, 2004--A rule designed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and first outlined in July 2003 was given further publicity today, based on the agency's interest in promoting and clarifying its position on non-discriminatory transmission access.

The specific area of the rule detailed by FERC concerns upgrades to transmission, and how much the provider may charge its interconnected customer. The provider has an option of charging a transmission rate that is the incremental cost for any upgrades associated with the interconnection, but it may also charge the average embedded cost rate across the transmission system. The agency is of the opinion that allowing the provider to charge the higher of those amounts would mean that existing transmission customers would not in effect be required to pay for new interconnections by merchant generators.

The rule affects close to 176 investor-owned public utilities owning, operating or controlling interstate transmission.
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