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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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Southern Co. Transmission Access Questioned by FERC

LCG, Mar. 17, 2004--Southern Co., which owns utilities throughout the Southeast, has been given 21 days by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to justify its alleged restriction of transmission access available to Calpine Corp. and Oglethorpe Power Corp.

Calpine and Southern have been in talks aimed at reaching a settlement over the issue, but negotiations have not yielded significant progress. According to a FERC order, Calpine and Oglethorpe were not given rightful opportunities to renew existing long-term contracts associated with Southern Co. transmission infrastructure. In another case, Calpine had requested that FERC block a deal Southern had with utility affiliates controlling transmission access from the McIntosh power plant, scheduled to go online next year. Southern has said that its bidding process does not favor any participant.

In its order, FERC sought a response to the finding that the contracts "limit the transmission customers' rollover rights in a manner contrary" to the agency's policies.
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