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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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PJM Completes Financial Transmission Right Auction

LCG, May 23, 2003--The PJM Interconnection announced that it has finalized annual auctions of financial transmission rights for the first time, allowing customers to choose among 24-hour, on-peak and off-peak FTR's.

The auction included the offering of all FTR's on the regional transmission organization's system. When a market participant holds an FTR and does not exceed the reserved transmission service with its deliveries, it can receive a rebate for congestion charges. An option was also introduced, to negate risk that arises when congestion is created in the direction opposite that of the FTR. A holder of a FTR can be charged for any congestion charges in these cases. The revenues and charges will rise and fall according to differences in locational marginal prices across a transmission path due to congestion.

The auction process was initiated following the allocation of auction revenue rights (ARR's) to firm transmission service customers. The allocation takes place on the basis of any shifts among retail choice customers, and according to ARR holders' preference between receiving revenues from the FTR auction or converting an ARR into an FTR.

The auction resulted in revenue of $345 million, through four rounds held between April and May, with 600,000 bids cast for 55,000 megawatts of FTR's, including the option product. Remaining FTR's will be auctioned off on a monthly basis.
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