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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Industry News

Washington Plant Nearly Operational

LCG, May 23, 2002--A new power plant southeast of Tacoma, Wash., with a capacity of 249 megawatts, is scheduled to become operational on July 1, according to Frederickson Power.

Initially, the gas-fired combustion turbine plant will only supply 125 megawatts, due to the very low wholesale power prices prevailing in the Northwest ($22/MWh on Tuesday). The owner, Epcor Power Development Corp., believes it would lose money if it were to make the entire capacity available. The 125 megawatts will be sold to public utilities in Grays Harbor, Benton and Franklin counties.

The plant site has room for an additional plant of equal size, but Epcor has no plans for at least the next year to build one. Approximately one-third of about 90 proposed plants in the Northwest have been cancelled or put on hold. Of Epcor's inability to find a buyer for the plant's entire output, Chris Heffring, president of Epcor Power said, "Prices are low now. We hope they come back up."
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