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

New Round of Enron Indictments Handed Down

LCG, May 2, 2003--The government's investigations of Enron executives has led to the indictment of eight people this week, as well as the wife of Andrew Fastow, the former chief financial officer of the corporation.

A Houston criminal defense attorney, Kent Schaffer, told the Houston Chronicle that if those indicted decide to proceed to trial, rather than cooperating as witnesses against others such as former chairman Kenneth Lay and chief executive Jeffrey Skilling, progress would be slowed substantially. Such trials could involve detailed and highly technical testimony that might be difficult for jurors to follow.

On Thursday, seven defendants appeared in court to plead innoncent. Lea Fastow, Andrew Fastow's wife of 18 years, will be tried apart from the executives, and is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering, and filing false tax returns, in connection with a special purpose entity concerned with wind farms in California.

In the case of one executive who served at Enron Broadband Services, which the government claims misrepresented its prospects for supplying high-bandwidth data services, lawyers for Joseph Hirko said organizers of a class-action lawsuit on behalf of shareholders had decided not to name him in it. His lawyers asserted that he was being indicted because of over-aggressive prosecutors, not actual evidence.
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