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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Communications of FERC Commissioners and Analysts Under Scrutiny

LCG, Apr. 30, 2003--The office of the inspector general of the Department of Energy is investigating a conference call conducted by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman and commissioner Nora Mead Brownell, during which the commissioners may have broken FERC rules regarding "ex parte" communications.

The Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish County, Wash., asked last week that Wood and Brownell recuse themselves from a ruling on whether long-term contracts signed by the utility district should be overturned, . The request was refused, based on the commissioners' response that no more had been said regarding the commissioners not having found a reason to overturn the contracts than was said at an open meeting held earlier. A summary of the call with Wall Street analysts was posted by the FERC, and indicated that the conversation covered issues surrounding the 2000-2001 Western energy crisis.

The probe by the DOE's office of the inspector general followed a request related by Sens. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., to Inspector General Gregory Friedman. A spokeswoman for Friedman, Wilma Slaughter, said "the office of the inspector general is initiating a preliminary inquiry into the matters raised by Senators Lieberman and Cantwell."
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