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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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FERC Finds Entergy Bidding Process Not Competitive

LCG, Mar. 22, 2004--The results of bidding by generators to gain access to utility Entergy Corp.'s transmission system showed undue consideration for affiliates, analysts with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission testified last week.

Entergy gave 76 percent of network transmission capacity to entities with which it had no corporate ties, and 20 percent to affiliates, according to filings it made with the agency. A spokesman for Entergy told Reuters that an independent analyst oversaw the manner in which bids were awarded. Generators including Calpine Corp., TECO Energy and Tractebel Energy Marketing have asserted that Entergy did not treat all bids fairly.

FERC's James Ballard wrote that Entergy Services Inc., the subsidiary handling the bids, "did not adequately analyze the ... bids with respect to transmission system impacts and their related cost implications." Sabine Joe, the other analyst who testified, said she believe Entergy had "committed affiliate abuse."

The agency began investigating last year, due to questions about affiliate transactions and competition. FERC Judge Brenner will preside at a formal hearing on June 15.
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