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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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New British Power Trading Arrangements Delayed - Again

LCG, Oct. 30, 2000--The British Office of Gas and Electricity Markets said on Friday that it had once more postponed the opening of "new electricity trading arrangements" because of technical problems.

The phrase "new electricity trading arrangements," meant at first to describe an unnamed plan that was to have been introduced this month, has become the de facto name for the scheme. Ofgem and others have taken to using the acronym "Neta."

The postponement is the third delay for the program, which is supposed to lower residential electricity bills by as much as 10 percent. In May, Ofgem conceded that difficulties putting together complex information technology systems would delay the opening of Neta until November 21. Earlier this month, that date was pushed back to January 30.

Now, Ofgem says it is working to get Neta up and running on March 27 of next year, but market participants are now taking a wait and see position. One trader told the Financial Times "A lot of people in the market think this could continue to roll through until after the election and probably into the summer."

The way the program is being set up, private companies such as traders and generators have been spot market and futures trading systems while Ofgem has been developing balancing systems that will match power supply with demand. No one knows yet whether the two sets of systems will talk to each other.

So far, Ofgem is estimated to have spent about 90 million ($129 million U.S.) on getting Neta ready. The program is said to have cost private market participants as much as 10 million ($14.3 million) each.

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