Arizona Corporation Commission Rejects Utilities' Integrated Resource Plans

LCG, March 22, 2018--The Arizona Corporation Commission last week rejected the Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) filed by Tucson Electric Power Co. (TEP), sister utility UniSource Energy Services (UNS) and Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) and has ordered them to develop plans that reduce their dependence upon natural gas and new, gas-fired power plants. The Commission prefers greater reliance on renewable energy and storage.

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Get a good picture of ERCOT in LCG’s newly released 2018 ERCOT Outlook

LCG, March 21, 2018 --Texas continues to experience an unprecedented transformation in its energy industry. The state saw record wind energy production in 2017 and will continue to see wind growth through 2018. Large transmission projects and upgrades have taken place. New import and export capabilities are on the horizon, such as through the integration of Lubbock Power & Light and the possible Southern Cross transmission project.

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Industry News

Big First Quarter Gains in New Wind Turbine Capacity in U.S.

LCG, May 4, 2017--The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released on Tuesday its new U.S. Wind Industry First Quarter 2017 Market Report. AWEA's evaluation concludes that a total of 908 utility-scale turbines were installed in the first quarter of 2017, adding 2,000 MW of electric generating capacity. According to AWEA, the installations represent the wind industry's strongest start in eight years. AWEA's CEO stated, "We switched on more megawatts in the first quarter than in the first three quarters of last year combined."

Twelve states commissioned a total of 25 projects during the first quarter. Texas continues to be the national leader, installing 724 MW in the first quarter, with a total of 21,000 MW now installed. Kansas, New Mexico and North Carolina followed in first quarter installations, with 481 MW, 242 MW and 208 MW, respectively.

Looking ahead, AWEA reports that there are now 9,025 MW of new wind generation capacity under construction, plus 11,952 MW in advanced development, for a total of 20,977 MW of wind capacity. With respect to power purchase agreements (PPAs), AWEA reports that there were 1,781 MW signed in long-term contracts for wind energy, the most in a first quarter since 2013.
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