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Massachusetts Poised to Target More Offshore Wind

LCG, August 2, 2018--The Massachusetts Legislature approved H4857, An Act to Advance Clean Energy, on Tuesday that includes: an increase in the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) goals to 35 percent by 2030, a 1,000 MW energy storage goal by 2025, and a path to install an additional 1,600 MW of offshore wind capacity. With the current goal of installing 1,600 MW of offshore wind capacity, the total offshore wind capacity would be 3,200 MW. The legislation will now be received by the Governor of Massachusetts.

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Pattern Development Completes Power Purchase Agreements for 200 MW Wind Project in New Mexico

LCG, August 1, 2018--Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (Pattern Development) yesterday announced it has signed 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) and Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) to deliver wind power from the 200 MW Duran Mesa Wind project currently in development near Corona, New Mexico. SVCE has signed a PPA for 110 MW, and MBCP has signed a PPA for 90 MW.

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Draft Legislation Blocks RTO Requirement

LCG, Nov. 17, 2003--Among the many measures included in the draft energy bill released by Republican lawmakers this weekend is language that makes the formation of regional transmission organizations (RTOs) voluntary, rather than a requirement as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has intended.

The opposition to FERC's vision of energy markets would be welcomed by utilities in the Southeast, and is likely to disappoint merchant energy generators, who would not gain the degree of access to the transmission grid that would strengthen their competitive position. Some utilities in the Midwest that support RTO-based markets, such as Exelon Corp., may have to bargain more with other potential members of RTOs to implement more centralized grid management.

A spokeswoman for the Edison Electric Institute was quoted as saying the bill "could help resolve some pretty thorny issues and provide some market certainty." Besides lending no impetus to RTOs, the bill discusses "participant funding," which will limit requirements that utilities fund new transmission infrastructure for project that are not found to be in their customers' interest.
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