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Equinix to Install Bloom Energy Fuel Cells at 12 North American Data Centers

LCG, August 18, 2017--Equinix, Inc., Wednesday announced the signing of a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between a subsidiary of Southern Company, PowerSecure, and Equinix in which Bloom Energy fuel cells will be installed at 12 International Business ExchangeTM (IBX®) data centers in the U.S. The project is financed through Southern Company and demonstrates a strategic partnership between Bloom Energy and Southern Company to support on-site fuel cell solutions.

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Oklahoma's Attorney General May Hinder Development of 2,000-MW Wind Catcher Project

LCG, August 17, 2017--The Attorney General of Oklahoma's public utility division filed a motion last Friday calling for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to dismiss a preapproval case for Public Service Company of Oklahoma?s Wind Catcher project, a planned 2,000-MW wind farm than includes construction of an approximately 350-mile, dedicated, extra-high voltage electric transmission line to deliver the renewable energy to customers.

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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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