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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LNG Terminal Proposal for Northern California Cancelled

LCG, Mar. 19, 2004--A proposed liquid natural gas terminal that Calpine Corp. hoped to build in Humboldt County, California's Humboldt Bay will not be pursued, following a meeting of the Eureka City Council, at which the majority of speakers voiced opposition.

Had the project gone ahead, it was to have started operations by 2011. The San Francisco Chronicle quoted Bill Highlander, a spokesman for Calpine, as saying, "We have withdrawn our plans. It became clear a majority of the community did not support the project, and community support for a project is very important to us."

Currently, there are four such terminals operating in the U.S. One of the reasons given for community opposition to Calpine's proposal, in addition to concerns over environmental damage to the bay, was the potential for an explosion at the facility. It is not known whether Calpine officials will pursue a similar project elsewhere in Northern California. In statements given before Congress, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has cited liquid natural gas imports as one way to raise the supply of natural gas, and respond to the increased use of the fuel for electricity generation and heating.
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