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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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FERC Rules to Preserve Charges Between Transmission Systems

LCG, April 1, 2003The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decided grid operators can charge fees to transfer electricity from one operators transmission lines to another through their own.

The case surfaced as PJM Interconnection and Midwest Independent System Operator applied to join their respective service territories. Midwest ISO serves some Southern States as well as several Midwest states including parts of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. PJM serves mid-Atlantic states.

While some utilities have claimed that such "through-and-out" charges are unfair and hamper competition, FERC ruled that the two transmission operators will be allowed to continue charging fees to send electricity through their transmission lines from another operators lines.

FERC Judge Herbert Grossman made the ruling yesterday, although FERC commissioners can revise Grossmans ruling. The judge also noted that if FERC throws out such fees, a new fee should be instated in such a way as to not allow utilities to shift costs to ratepayers.

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