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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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DOE Issues Grid Study

LCG, May 9, 2002-The U.S. Department of Energy has submitted its electricity transmission study, originally called for by the White House.

Released by Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, the study supports the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in its plan to divide the country into Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs), which would be responsible for reliability. Likened to the public highways, RTO's are intended to make electricity easy to trade across state lines by the formation of a national grid.

The report includes cooperative regional transmission siting forums, which would have FERC, DOE, and state authorities design transmission line siting rules. It calls for Congress to mandate power grid reliability standards and suggests that transmission investment be "merchant" projects, which would reportedly result in no risk to ratepayers.

The DOE also wants Congress to give FERC limited federal eminent-domain authority in siting new transmission lines and says that savings from their transmission plans would be significant because national transmission would avoid bottlenecks that cost hundreds of millions of dollars a year. DOE's report attributed an estimated $500 million in combined savings to eliminating transmission limitations in California, Mid-Atlantic PJM Interconnection, New York, and New England.

The study also suggests promoting technologies like superconductors.

Abraham said the timing of the study, which was ordered a year ago, was not intended to coincide with the current energy bills pending in the House and Senate.

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