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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New England ISO Incentive Payment Plan Has Opposition

LCG, Mar. 23, 2004--A system developed by the ISO New England for directing incentive payments to generators providing reliability is facing opposition from a group of utilities, businesses and government entities.

Under the ISO plan, reliability standards would be enforced within sub-regions. According to NSTAR, an area utility with an alternative plan, incentive payments could be lower by $1.4 billion for New England power purchasers if the incentive payments were overseen from a regional perspective instead. "While the ISO New England proposal stands to benefit generators at the expense of customers, we believe the coalition proposalwould accomplish the goal of using region-wide resources to ensure reliability at a lower cost." The plan supported by NSTAR would include a rule that power producers with plans to retire a unit would have to give advance notice.

Others signalling opposition to the New England system for reliability incentives include the attorneys general for Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources, the New Hampshire Office of the Consumer Advocate, the Rhode Islands Division of Public Utilities and Carriers, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, National Grid, Vermont Electric, and Strategic Energy LLC.
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