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Massachusetts Poised to Target More Offshore Wind

LCG, August 2, 2018--The Massachusetts Legislature approved H4857, An Act to Advance Clean Energy, on Tuesday that includes: an increase in the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) goals to 35 percent by 2030, a 1,000 MW energy storage goal by 2025, and a path to install an additional 1,600 MW of offshore wind capacity. With the current goal of installing 1,600 MW of offshore wind capacity, the total offshore wind capacity would be 3,200 MW. The legislation will now be received by the Governor of Massachusetts.

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Pattern Development Completes Power Purchase Agreements for 200 MW Wind Project in New Mexico

LCG, August 1, 2018--Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (Pattern Development) yesterday announced it has signed 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) and Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) to deliver wind power from the 200 MW Duran Mesa Wind project currently in development near Corona, New Mexico. SVCE has signed a PPA for 110 MW, and MBCP has signed a PPA for 90 MW.

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Six Firms Qualify for Brazil's Cesp Auction

LCG, May 11, 2001The energy secretariat of Sao Paulo state in Brazil said yesterday that a Brazilian utility and five foreign firms have qualified for the May 16 auction of Cesp Parana, which provides about half of the electric power consumed in Brazil's most populous state.

Attempts to auction Cesp fizzled last year when all bidders withdrew at the last minute, citing risks in the utility's debt portfolio and its inability to fill the reservoir behind one of its largest hydroelectric facilities. Most of the companies problems have been resolved, observers say.

Base price for next Wednesday's auction has been set at 1.74 billion reals ($765 million U.S.), the same price in reals as last year's attempt. The price is lower in U.S. dollars, however, because of sharp declines in the Brazilian currency against that of the U.S.

A spokeswoman for Sao Paulo state said Duke Energy Corp., AES Corp. and NRG Energy Inc. of the U.S.; Electricit de France, and Electricidade de Portugal qualified to bid for Cesp. Minas Gerais state utility Cemig, which was restricted from bidding for a controlling stake in Cesp, was authorized to participate provided that it forms a bidding consortium with another firm.

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