pvMB 2/11/2019: Large power users take FPL to court over solar, big solar projects progress in New York and Texas


Large power users fight FPL solar plans in court – The Florida Industrial Power Users Group told the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday the state’s utility regulator should not have approved nearly $1 billion in capital costs for Florida Power & Light”. Source: Law360


Invenergy pitches 180 MW in West New York – Invenergy is eyeing 2,400-acres of farmland in Caledonia, New York as the location for the company’s proposed 180 MW Horseshoe Solar project, the second-largest of 16 that were awarded contracts under the latest NYSERDA solicitation. The developer already has a plan in place to lease the land from its current owned and incorporate agricultural uses of the land, like areas for sheep grazing and the growth of cattle feed. Source: Livingston County News


Duke buys big in Texas – Duke Energy announced that the company has purchased the 100-megawatt (MW) Lapetus Solar Energy Project from developer 7X Energy. The project is in the late stages of development and will begin construction in late March. Once completed the project’s power will be sold by Duke and 7X Energy via a power purchase agreement. Source: Duke Energy


Installation adversity no issue for Green Solar Erectors – Check out this cool video from Alan Lamb of Green Solar Erectors of his crew successfully installing hundreds of solar panels initially delivered with the wrong racking hole location. The power of teamwork. Source: Alan Lamb


Solar plant goes on line at former phosphate mining site – The Peace Creek solar facility, the newest addition to utility Tampa Electric Company’s (TECO) renewable arsenal is nearly ready to begin operation. Uniquely, the project is located on the site of a former phosphate mine, and is part of a 10-site project planned by TECO. Source: The Ledger


Legislation needed to save Three Mile Island – “Pennsylvania lawmakers must approve nuclear subsidies by May to prevent the retirement of Three Mile Island Unit 1, Exelon CEO Chris Crane told stock analysts Friday… Speaking during the company’s fourth-quarter 2018 earnings call, Crane called the legislative effort “promising,” saying, “We have some strong support.” But he said the company would need to order a new reactor core by May to refuel the 2,568-MW plant if it is to remain in operation.” Source: RTO Insider


More than 1,000 EV chargers coming to New York – New York regulators authorized utilities on Thursday to spend $31.6 million in order to bring over 1,000 EV chargers to the state. The action is intended to spur the purchase of electric vehicles (EV) in the state by reducing “range anxiety” also known as the fear of having your car die on the road due to a lack of charging stations. This also comes under Governor Cuomo’s goal of adding 10,000 EV charging stations by the end of 2021 and 800,000 zero-emission vehicles by 2025. Source: RTO Insider


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