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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Saudi Arabia May Reopen Gas Resources

LCG, June 25, 2002-Meetings with Royal Dutch/Shell and Exxon Mobil representatives and Crown Prince Abdullah point to new agreements in natural gas development.

According to the New York Times, Saudi Arabian Ministers will determine certain parts of the potential $25 billion, 20-year agreement within the next two weeks.

The companies and Saudi Arabian government began negotiations a year ago, but sdisagreements over shared revenue and plans to run water, power, and desalinization plants kept anything concrete from emerging.

The situation may been further complicated by the Saudi Arabian public's relationship to the United States, although Saudi officials reject assertions that the delay has anything to do with U.S. Middle East policy.

One major point of discrepancy is in the percent of revenue from downstream projects. The companies want 15 to 20 percent, which is usual when a risk is taken in gas exploration, but the Saudis contend that, since the utility projects do not involve such risk, the revenue should be closer to 8 or 9 percent. If the agreement ends up with a 10 to 12 percent revenue, the Saudis may allow bidding.

The two projects included, lead by Exxon Mobil, are a $15 billion South Ghawar project with Shell, BP, and Phillips, and a $5 billion Red Sea Coat project involving Occidental and Marathon.

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