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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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Gas Costs from Energy Crisis Disputed by California

LCG, May 30, 2003--A filing by California and its major utilities on refunds that they claim they are owed for spot power purchases made during the 2000-2001 energy crisis could result in the amount of potential refunds being adjusted upward by as much as 80%, because of disagreement over whether the gas purchase costs of power suppiers have been justified.

The refunds now suggested as a starting point by a judge with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission total $1.8 billion. California representatives have argued that while the price of gas on the spot market was relatively high during the crisis, generators, some of whom were also gas marketers, need to substantiate costs incurred specifically for generation purposes, rather than those for wholesale gas sales. Risk management mechanisms such as derivatives may also have affected the impact of gas market price fluctuations for the power suppliers.

The staff of the FERC has put forth a calculation to reflect generators' costs that is based on production costs in Canada or the Southwest, as well as transportation charges. A May 22 conference that involved generator and California attorneys brought general agreement on that formula, and thus California's argument rests mostly on obtaining proof for generators' costs. FERC has made no indications of its likely decision; filings are under docket EL00-95-045, at www.ferc.gov/Ferris.htm.

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