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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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Regulators Block Proposed 500 Megawatt Plant

LCG, Aug. 31, 2000A siting committee of the California Energy Commission has recommended that construction of a new 500 megawatt power plant proposed for the middle of a played-out 74-square mile oil field not be approved because the well water used for cooling might be suitable for drinking.

Never mind that there is no one in the middle of that oil field with an empty canteen and that the water might not be suitable for drinking, the committee wants to hold some more hearings on the power plant's water supply.

On August 2, California Gov. Gray Davis issued three executive orders in response to concerns over the state's electric system. In one of them, he imposed a 100-day limit on the permitting process for electric power plant construction proposals. He noted that no deadline existed at present and in some cases granting of a permit had taken more than a year.

The siting committee will hold a hearing on the water supply for the proposed Elk Hills power plant on September 14, in Sacramento.

In a separate case, another California Energy Commission siting committee has recommended approval of a proposal by Duke Energy Corp. to add 1,060 megawatts generating capacity to the Moss Landing power plant it purchased from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

The new gas-fired, combined-cycle units Duke plans to install will be cooled by seawater. In its decision, the siting committee specified that Duke pay $7 million to make sure that fish weren't adversely affected by the use of their water.

In an editorial Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal observed that "not in by back yard," or NIMBY, has in California given way to BANANA, or "build absolutely nothing anywhere near anyone."

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