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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Legislators Ask For Price Cap Extension

LCG, May 16, 2002-Western senators have asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to continue the electricity price caps set last year to curb out-of-control prices.

Wholesale Californian electricity is sold at a maximum of $92 per MW-hr right now, but this price limitation will expire September 30.

Senators, including California's Barbara Boxer-D and Oregon's Ron Wyden-D, implored FERC to keep the limitations beyond the deadline, however FERC does not consider price caps an ideal method of regulating the market.

FERC has not decided what action will be taken and is still waiting for information from some California parties involved. The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has requested extension but has also submitted a plan, part of a larger proposal, to help control electricity prices. The ISO is responsible for reliability in the system and handles the California electricity grid.

Legislators have a renewed interest in electricity prices and contracts after the release of memos linking California's energy crisis of 2000/2001 to market "manipulation" by power companies like Enron.

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