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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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Texas Nuke Might Restart in Late Summer

LCG, Apr. 25, 2003--Texas Genco Holdings, majority-owned by CenterPoint Energy, indicated Thursday that repairs at Bay City nuclear generating unit 1 could take until late summer to complete, leaving CenterPoint Energy to supply at least 385 megawatts it owns out of the total unit capacity of 1,250 megawatts from other sources.

The Bay City unit was shut down following the discovery of a small amount of boric acid at the bottom of the reactor vessel. An inspection team found the acid, which could mean that a leak of coolant fluid from the reactor might have been able to take place.

"So the loss of 1,250 megawatt-hours for a few months is not going to have much impact overall," said Kent Saathoff, the director of system operations for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the Texas electric grid. The anticipated August peak is 57,000 megawatts, while generating capacity in the state is 77,000 megawatts. The other unit at the Bay City plant remains operational.

David Tees, the chief executive of Texas Genco, said "We have developed a preliminary schedule for the inspection, repair and return of this unit based on various scenarios, even though there are a myriad of unknowns." CenterPoint has access to 750 megawatts of reserve capacity that is kept for such unforeseen occurrences.
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