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JEA Approves Plans for 250 MW of Solar PV Farms

LCG, October 18, 2017--The JEA Board of Directors unanimously approved a major solar-power program Tuesday to will invest in creating five solar photovoltaic (PV) farms to provide a total electric generating capacity of approximately 250 MW. The JEA Board also approved a mandate that 30 percent of its energy come from zero-carbon or carbon-neutral projects by 2030, which replaces a previous target that required the utility to invest more heavily in nuclear power.

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Alliant Energy Purchases 300-MW Wind Farm Project from Apex

LCG, October 5, 2017--Apex Clean Energy (Apex) Friday announced the sale of the Upland Prairie Wind Farm to Interstate Power and Light (IPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation. Construction is scheduled to commence next spring.

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AWEA Issues Second Quarter 2017 Market Report

LCG, August 3, 2017--The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently released its new U.S. Wind Industry Second Quarter 2017 Market Report. AWEA's evaluation concludes that developers installed 357 MW of new wind capacity in the U.S., increasing the total to 2,357 MW. The total installed capacity in the U.S. is now 84,405 MW, and Kansas became the fifth state in the U.S. to surpass 5,000 MW of installed capacity.

Three companies dominated the installations. GE Renewable Energy, the newly merged Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, and Vestas installed a combined 97% of the 2,357 MW of facilities commissioned during the first half of 2017.

AWEA estimates significant additional capacity from newly installed wind turbines by the end of 2017. For the second quarter, project developers announced 2,495 MW in new construction activity and 1,346 MW in new advanced development activity. AWEA's report states that there are now 14,004 MW under construction and 11,815 MW in advanced development, or a combined 25,819 MW of wind capacity under construction or in advanced development. These figures represent a 41% year-over-year increase.

Texas continues to lead the U.S., with 21,044 MW of installed capacity. Based upon construction activity, Oklahoma may surpass Iowa to become the second-ranked state in installed capacity by the end of 2017. California and Kansas are ranked four and five.

With respect to power purchase agreements (PPAs), AWEA reports new agreements totaling 1,697 MW were signed during the second quarter, raising the total capacity announced in 2017 up to 3,443 MW.
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