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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LADWP's Pine Tree Wind Project Advances

LCG, April 20, 2005--The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners approved the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) yesterday for a new wind farm located north of Mojave. The Pine Tree Wind Project, with an electric generating capacity of 120-MW, will be the largest wind farm owned by a municipality in the country.

The wind farm will include 80, 1.5-MW turbines and will be located about 12 miles north of Mojave, California. Following approval of the construction contract by the Board and City Council, construction is expected to begin this summer. The project is expected to commence generating power in the first half of next year.

The Pine Tree Wind Project is a key element in LADWP's efforts to expand its renewable energy supplies. Last year, at the direction of the mayor, the City Council and the Board of Water and Power Commissions, LADWP began developing a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to increase its share of power generation through renewable energy sources -- such as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass -- to 13% of its energy by 2010 and 20% by 2017. In fact, last August Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn directed LADWP to withdraw from the expansion of the coal-fired, Intermountain Power Plant in Utah and to instead focus its efforts on pursuing cleaner energy sources.

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