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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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CA Market Post-Memo Investigations Intensify

LCG, May 8, 2002-After yesterday's Enron memo release, regulators and legislators have stepped up efforts to find out exactly what happened to California's energy market in 2000 and 2001.

Yesterday, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released Enron memos linking the California energy crisis of 2000/2001 to intentional market manipulation, including phony congestion and the bypassing of state price caps by selling electricity out of state.

FERC strengthened its efforts, ordering all electricity traders to keep and preserve any existing records relevant to strategy in 2000/2001.

The White House asserted its support of "vigorous" investigation to protect consumers, although specific comment relating to the documents in question was avoided. Previously, during the energy crisis, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney refused to help California because the state's problems were, according to them, related to limited supply and not deserving of price caps.

Additionally, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has formalized its investigation of Dynegy Inc., which is involved with deregulated electricity and was a rival to Enron. The company, which posted a $140 million net loss for the first quarter, has agreed to cooperate with securities regulators in their investigation. Dynegy backed out of a $9 billion Enron acquisition last November and has been facing shareholder lawsuits and plummeting stock prices.

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has requested the U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft to initiate a criminal investigation regarding the released memos.

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