JEA Board Approves Transaction with FPL to Close 848-MW Coal Unit in Georgia

LCG, June 30, 2020--The JEA Board of Directors in a special meeting last Friday unanimously approved a transaction that will result in closing an 848-MW unit at Plant Scherer and entering into a 20-year purchase power agreement (PPA) with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL).

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Analysis of Resource Adequacy in ERCOT - July - December 2020

LCG, June 30, 2020 - LCG Consulting just released its analysis of ERCOT for the second half of 2020, July through December.

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Wind Power Energized by Production Tax Credit

LCG, September 28, 2004--The House and Senate approved the Production Tax Credit for wind generation, and President Bush is expected to sign the legislation shortly. The credit, which provides for 1.5 cents for kilowatt-hour of electricity produced, had expired at the end of last year, seriously undermining the economics of new wind projects. The legislation will extend the tax credit retroactively from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2005.

Wind generation in the United States has grown rapidly. An estimated 1,687 MW of capacity was added in 2003, with total wind capacity approaching 6,400 MW. However, when the production tax credit became bogged down in the national energy bill, investments in wind projects in 2004 were put on hold.

Wind developers are now ready to move forward with the production tax credit extended and other market drivers working favorably with respect to wind. Over the past year, Eastern coal prices have risen significantly, and natural gas prices remain relatively high. With fuel prices high, wholesale electricity prices have been elevated around much of the country. Furthermore, recent state legislation and local goals for renewable portfolio standards are motivating many public and investor owned utilities to actively pursue wind projects.

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