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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EPA Proposal on Mercury Limits Under Review

LCG, Mar. 16, 2004--The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Michael Leavitt, has told the White House that analyses of an administration proposal to limit mercury emissions from power plants burning coal could lead the EPA to put forth a more stringent set of emission reduction guidelines.

In December, the Bush administration introduced a plan that would allow power generators to buy and sell credits for releasing mercury, similar to the system with sulfur dioxide. Limits on mercury would gradually lower the permissible amount of emissions. Since Leavitt became the EPA administrator, he has been taking part in meetings focused on the possible impact of that proposal, and has begun to evaluate criticisms of it by some environmental groups, state regulators, and a group of doctors that sent a letter to an office of the EPA dealing with children's health issues.

The White House has come out in favor of allowing power plants that achieve reductions before limits make them legally binding to receive credit for the reductions later. Critics of the proposal believe that such a provision would in effect delay the reduction of the ultimate goal of a 70% reduction in mercury emissions for seven, and perhaps as many as ten or more years. The current deadline is set for 2018.

Leavitt has said that the EPA's analysis is not yet finished, and will proceed before any changes are introduced to the original proposal. Coal-burning power plants are a major contributor to mercury emissions, and are thought to make up 40 per cent of the annual total caused by human activity.
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