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Tampa Electric Plans to $800 Million Investment in New Solar Power Generation

LCG, February 24, 2020--Tampa Electric recently announced plans to expand its use of solar power to meet customer needs in Florida. The company plans to invest approximately $800 million to add 600 MW of solar electric generating capacity by the end of 2023, when the total solar capacity would exceed 1,250 MW. Solar power will then account for about 14 percent of the utility's energy.

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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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Sempra Generation Invests in Fowler Ridge Wind Farm Expansion

LCG, September 18, 2009--Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, yesterday announced that it is now an equal partner with BP Wind Energy in the development of the second phase of the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm in Indiana. Fowler Ridge II Wind Farm is a 200-MW expansion of a 400-MW wind farm located in Benton County.

BP Wind Energy began construction on the expansion in July of this year. The 200-MW capacity addition is scheduled to deliver power to the grid in the first quarter of next year.

There are four, 50-MW, long-term power purchase agreements (PPA's) for the electricity generated from the Fowler Ridge II Wind Farm. Three agreements are with operating units of American Electric Power (AEP), and one PPA is with Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana.

The Fowler Ridge II Wind Farm is on a 17,000-acre site located approximately 90 miles northwest of Indianapolis. The expansion includes 133 GE wind turbine generators, each with a rated capacity of 1.5 MW.

Construction began on the initial phase of the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm in early 2008, and full commercial operation was achieved in April of this year. Phase I includes 182 Vestas 1.65-MW turbines and 40 Clipper 2.5-MW turbines.
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