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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Duke Energy Florida Announces New Solar Power Projects

LCG, January 29, 2020--Duke Energy Florida (DEF) Monday announced the locations of its two newest solar power plants that will provide a combined installed capacity of nearly 150 MW. DEF is investing an estimated $1 billion to construct or acquire a total of 700 MW of cost-effective solar power facilities from 2018 through 2022 in Florida, and planning for another 1,500 MW of solar generation through 2028.

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Progress Receives New License for Spent Fuel Storage at H. B. Robinson Plant

LCG, April 5, 2005--Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc., received a new, 40-year license for the dry-cask independent spent fuel storage installation at its H.B. Robinson nuclear power plant from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on March 30.

The single-unit, 710-MW H.B. Robinson nuclear plant is located near Hartsville, South Carolina and includes eight modules to store spent nuclear fuel. In April of last year, the NRC issued a new license for the plant's reactor for an additional 20 years. The reactor, which had a license set to expire in 2010, now has a license to operate until 2030. With the re-licensing for the storage of spent fuel, the long-term outlook for plant is improved.

This action marks only the second time that the NRC has re-licensed a dry-cask independent spent fuel storage facility. Last month, the NRC renewed Dominion Generation's license for its dry-cask independent spent fuel storage installation at the Surry nuclear power plant located near Surry, Virginia.

The 40-year term of the renewal at both power plants represents an exemption from the NRC regulations that specify a 20-year license term. The NRC stated that the exemption is allowed for in that dry casks are an interim storage solution that will be used until a more permanent solution is available.

The renewals at both nuclear stations include strict terms with respect to inspections and monitoring the aging and integrity of the casks.

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