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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Electricity, Gas Facilities Weather Seattle Earthquake

LCG, March 1, 2001A 6.8 magnitude earthquake centered near Washington state capital Olympia at 10:54 a.m. yesterday interrupted electric service to thousands but did not significantly damage the area's power transmission and distribution lines or its natural gas pipelines.

The utility most affected was Puget Sound Energy Co. which said about 200,000 of its electric and gas customers in and around Olympia lost service but repair crews had restored service to all but around 9,000 by 4:00 p.m.

A utility spokesman said the system functioned as it was designed to during the temblor, with circuit breakers shutting off electricity to prevent fires and other problems.

The shaker was felt as far north as Vancouver, British Columbia, and as far south as Portland, ore., the home of a giant federal utility which is the largest power supplier in the Northwest. The Bonneville Power Administration said its hydroelectric facilities in the Columbia River Basin were unaffected.

Ed Mosey, a Bonneville spokesman, said three substations were hit and circuit breakers tripped, but they were turned back on after technicians determined that no damage had occurred. There were few, if any, interruptions on Bonneville's high-voltage transmission lines, he said.

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