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Offshore Wind Projects Receive Boost from Massachusetts and Biden Administration

LCG, March 31, 2021--The Governor of Massachusetts signed legislation last Friday that authorizes the state to direct utilities to purchase an additional 2,400 MW of offshore wind energy by 2027.

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NV Energy's Greenlink Nevada Transmission Project Approved by PUCN

LCG, March 25, 2021--The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) on Monday approved proceeding with NV Energy's Greenlink Nevada transmission and renewable energy initiative. NV Energy's planned investment in Greenlink is over $2.5 billion.

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First Energy May Buy GPU in $12.2 Billion Deal

LCG, Aug. 7, 2000--Big Ohio utility First Energy Corp. is in talks to acquire GPU Inc. of New Jersey in a $12.2 billion deal that could be wrapped up as early as this week. The deal, if reached, would make First Energy one of the largest U.S. electric companies.

The acquisition would continue the consolidation taking place in the U.S. electric industry as a result of growing competition. At first, mid-sized utilities combined to become large enough to compete with the big companies. Now the big guns are combining their firepower.

American Electric Power Co. began the heavy duty mergers with its acquisition of Central and South West Corp. That was followed by the agreement to merge between Unicom Corp., parent of Commonwealth Edison Co., and Peco Energy Co. Last week, FPL Group announced that it would acquire Entergy Corp.

According to people familiar with the First Energy-GPU negotiations, First Energy would pay $4.5 billion in cash and stock for GPU and assume $7.7 billion in debt, but more clear terms of the deal were not known.

The boards of directors of both companies were expected to meet today to discuss the proposition.

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