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

Summer Reserves for California Adequate

LCG, June 10, 2002--The California Independent System Operator reports that it has had less power than needed to achieve a 15 percent reserve margin, but so far, the margin of 7 percent has been adequate to stave off rolling blackouts.

In order to be at 7 percent or above, the ISO had to ask some generators to put off scheduled maintenance last week until after periods of elevated air-conditioning demand passed.

Some conservation that started with the onset of the 2000 power crisis seems more or less permanent, but some financial incentives have also been provided. A vote by the Legislature renewed the 20/20 program, which gives a 20% refund to households that keep usage 20% below their consumption of power in the 2000 summer season. Conservation may help, but according to the ISO, 1,500 new megawatts of generation will be needed annually to keep pace with new demand.
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