NorthRenew Energy's Mesquite Sky Wind Project Commences Construction

LCG, January 21, 2021 -– NorthRenew Energy (“NorthRenew”) announced today that Clearway Energy Group (“Clearway”) achieved construction commencement on the Mesquite Sky Wind Project, f/k/a Baird North Wind Project (“Mesquite Sky”), initially developed by NorthRenew and sold to Clearway in 2019. Following the sale in 2019, NorthRenew continued to assist Clearway with final development and pre-construction services.

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Minnesota Power Announces Vision for 100 Percent Carbon-Free Energy by 2050

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ISO New England Submits Generator Incentive Proposal

LCG, Mar. 2, 2004--The Independent System Operator New England (ISO NE) has developed a proposal for review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) concerning payments to generators to provide them incentives to operate in areas around Boston and Connecticut that are vulnerable to congestion.

The grid operator would like its proposal to be implemented June 1, although FERC may request changes to the plan. The general idea of the incentive system has received the agency's support previously. The chief executive of the ISO, Gordon van Welie, has said that the plan relies in part on market-based payments to generators, instead of negotiated payments entirely. Some plants are operating but losing money, under "reliability must run" orders issued by the ISO.

The attorney general of Massachusetts, Thomas F. Reilly, has expressed skepticism that the amount of incentives are justified. Utility NStar Electric's spokesman Michael Durand was quoted in the Boston Globe as saying the plan, which NStar estimates could lead to a 7 per cent increase rate hike for its customers, "would cost our customers too much money."

According to van Welie, the plan tries to address the problems of siting and past investment decisions that have left some regions with more power than they require, while others are vulnerable to problems of insufficient transmission and higher prices.
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