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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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Former Executive Involved in Project Alpha at Dynegy Sentenced

LCG, Mar. 29, 2004--Jamie Olis, a former executive and tax-planning specialist at Dynegy Inc., was sentenced to prison for more than 24 years by a federal judge in district court in Houston last week.

Olis, 38, decided to plead not guilty to charges stemming from his role in setting up Project Alpha, which characterized a loan as cash flow. Project Alpha was said to make the company's financial condition appear better than it actually was. The sentence was based on recently imposed sentencing guidelines for business crimes. Under the earlier guidelines, Olis' conviction might have resulted in a seven-year sentence.

Prosecutors contended that Project Alpha should be considered for its impact on Dynegy shareholders, who experienced investment losses when the nature of the accounting scheme was revealed. Two others who took part in the accounting treatment, including Gene S. Foster, Olis' former boss, and Helen C. Sharkey, a former specialist in risk-assessment, submitted guilty pleas and are likely to receive sentences of less than five years. Mr. Olis' lawyer, David Gerger, was quoted in the New York Times as saying, "The government is on a witch hunt, and today the witch hunt netted a very small fish."
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