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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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Pacific Northwest Faces 'Worst Ever' Water Year

LCG, March 6, 2001Washington Gov. Gary Locke is expected to hold a news conference today to stress the need to conserve energy in the face of a "worst ever" water year and, at the same time, give a pat on the back to four utilities that have added 1,500 megawatts of new electric generation.

There are lots of rivers in the Pacific Northwest, but when comparing one year with another people look at the big Columbia, which drains the entire region into the Pacific. In an ordinary bad year, about 60 million acre feet of water will flow past a dam near The Dalles, about 80 miles east of Portland, Ore., between January 1 and July 31. In the worst ever year, 1977, 53.8 million acre feet went by, and this year could be worse.

"It's the worst of the worst," Bonneville Power Administration spokesman Mike Hansen said yesterday.

And, according to the Northwest Power Planning Council, if the region continues to bask in unaccustomed sunshine, electric generation will be not much more than two thirds of normal.

Water levels in the impoundments behind Pacific Northwest dams which represent future electricity are at record lows partly as a result of federally mandated power sales to California.

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