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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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Federal Prosecution of Reliant May Be Near

LCG, Mar. 9, 2004--Federal prosecutors have notified Reliant Energy that an investigation into behavior by subsidiary Reliant Energy Services' traders and employees could lead to criminal indictments, the company has said.

Regulators with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reached a settlement worth $13.8 million with Reliant over the apparent exercise of market power in Southern California power markets in June 2000, where Reliant Energy Services, now called Reliant Resources Inc., owns power plants. The settlement ended the agency's investigation. Transcripts of conversations between traders with the company were released by FERC, due to the clearly expressed intent to boost prices by deliberately withholding power from the market.

Reliant said that it would argue against any charges brought against it. According to the University of California Energy Institute's Severin Borenstein, who was quoted in the Sacramento Bee, "Frankly, I think they will have a hard time getting very far. I'm not aware of any criminal laws covered by what Reliant did, though I believe they certainly are guilty of exercising market power and driving up prices."

The San Francisco office of the U.S. attorney did not provide comment, as its investigation is pending.
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