New York Announces 1,700 MW of New Offshore Wind Projects and 70 Percent Renewables Requirement by 2030

LCG, July 22, 2019--The Governor of New York announced last Thursday that the State has executed the nation's largest offshore wind agreement - totaling approximately 1,700 MW - in U.S. history. The Governor also signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which includes a mandates of 9,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035, 70 percent renewable energy by 2030, plus a Zero-Carbon Emission Electric Sector by 2040.

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Georgia PSC Approves Georgia Power's 2019 IRP

LCG, July 18, 2019--The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has unanimously approved Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power's 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which was submitted in late January.

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Industry News

Wyoming Coal-bed Methane Leases Ruled Illegal

LCG, April 30, 2002--In response to allegations by environmental groups, a panel from the Department of the Interior ruled that leases on Wyoming's Powder River Basin were issued illegally.

Prior to the ruling, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had allowed the issuance of leases for 2,500 acres, but the panel found that the BLM had used outdated environmental studies in assessing the land and therefore issued the leases illegally.

The decision has worried parties considering coal-bed development, namely in western states where public land might be used.

This reversal comes as a snub to President Bush's energy plans. Bush has encouraged exploration throughout the country and specifically coal-bed mining in the Rockies in an attempt to minimize U.S. foreign fuel dependency.

Environmental groups Wyoming Outdoor Council and Powder River Basin Resource Council instigated the lease reevaluation. Wyoming BLM is still considering its response to the decision.

Coal-bed methane provides a new source for natural gas. The method involves pumping groundwater to alleviate pressure and release methane gas from coal seams. Coal-bed mining in the Powder River Basin has yielded about 10,000 wells so far, with a projected 40,000 to come into service over a few years' time.

The Federal government leases public land to allow industry to develop mineral resources. The Bureau of Land Management handles 700 million acres of mineral land.

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