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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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TVA, Midwest ISO and PJM Act to Improve Coordination of Grid

LCG, April 26, 2005--The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (Midwest ISO), and PJM Interconnection (PJM) have agreed to enhance the management, operation and facility planning of their combined electric transmission grid. The three organizations operate a grid that encompasses transmission lines in all or parts of 25 states, the District of Columbia, and the Canadian province of Manitoba, with a combined peak load of 264,000 MW.

Late last week, the three organizations executed a Joint Reliability Coordination Agreement (JCRA) to improve congestion relief and the management of the reliability of seams between the wholesale electricity markets of the Midwest ISO, PJM and TVA's service territory. To achieve this objective, the organizations will share key operating information and extensive planning data to ensure that all three parties have the best information possible to support operations and to analyze and model the integrated operations of the combined grid.

PJM, TVA and the Midwest ISO have also agreed to schedule joint transmission planning sessions to further reliability goals and economic facility expansions and upgrades across their integrated grid.

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