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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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State Senate Passes Bill Capping San Diego Rates

LCG, Aug. 30, 2000The California State Senate yesterday passed a bill that would put a limit on what San Diego Gas & Electric Co. residential and small commercial customers could be charged for electricity.

The measure could reach the Assembly as early as today, but there is a question whether sufficient support for passage in the lower chamber. There is little time for lobbying, as the California Legislature will adjourn tomorrow.
The Senate legislation, caps the generation portion of the electric bill at 6.5 cents per kilowatt-hour. That would make the total bill for the typical householder somewhere around $68. In the past three months, SDG&E's residential customers have seen their total electric bills go from about $55 to around $110.

The soaring bills are the result of deregulation of the state's electric industry but affect only SDG&E customers because their utility has paid off its stranded costs and no longer falls under the rate freeze imposed on all three of the state's investor-owned utilities with the enactment of the California electric restructuring law.

The bill passed yesterday also requires an investigation into the way SDG&E purchases power on behalf of its customers. There is not much to investigate. The state restructuring law mandates that all three utilities purchase all of their power through the state-run California Power Exchange.

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