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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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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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OPPD Board Moves Forward on New Coal Plant

LCG, April 15, 2005--The Omaha Public Power District Board of Directors has authorized management to proceed toward executing a contract with the Nebraska City Power Partners that will lead to the construction of a 663-MW, coal-fired power plant located near Nebraska City. Nebraska City Power Partners is a consortium of contractors that includes Black & Veatch, Gilbert Industrial Corporation, and Zachary Construction of San Antonio, Texas.

The site, Nebraska City Station, already has one coal-fired unit generating power and has the potential for a total of four units. Construction is expected to begin in September, and commercial operations are to commence in 2009. The new unit will burn low-sulfur coal and will include sophisticated emission-control systems.

Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) will use 50% of the power from the new coal unit to serve the electricity demands of its customers. The remainder of the plant output will be used by seven other public power entities participating in the unit.

The new coal plant is one of many coal projects planned across North America that are moving forward towards commercial operation.

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