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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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Nevada Power Allowed One-Month Rate Increase

LCG, May 24, 2002--The Nevada Power Co. will be allowed a one-month charge of one cent per kilowatt-hour in order to speed payments on power purchases and improve its cash flow heading into the summer.

The charge, which will increase bills for residential customers by $12 on average, was advocated by the chairman of the state Public Utilities Commission, Don Soderberg. Soderberg said that the charge, which will not increase the company's revenue, will reduce future interest payments for power purchases by $2.5 million.

Bond and credit ratings for Nevada Power have suffered after the rejection of a $922 million rate case, with half of that rate increase being approved. Critics of the utility had said that long-term purchases made in 2001 during the Western power crisis were contracted at too high a price.

Soderberg deflected criticism from state consumer advocate Tim Hay, who said the Bureau of Consumer Protection was "surprised by what appears to be an arbitrary decision by the commission" to speed payments on outstanding power bills. The PUC chairman said that although the charge was meant to give the utility a "shot in the arm" to avoid possible Chapter 11 bankruptcy, he would not consider a similar charge for the late summer months of July and August, when consumer bills will be high due to increased power usage for air conditioning.
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