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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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Dairyland Power Cooperative Buys Share of New Coal Plant

LCG, December 6, 2004--Dairyland Power Cooperative, a regional power cooperative serving customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, announced last week that it has purchased a 30 percent share of the planned Weston 4 power plant from Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, a subsidiary of WPS Resources. The additional supply purchase is designed to meet growing customer demands for electricity.

Construction on the 500-MW, coal-fired power plant, located near Wausau, began in October, and operations are planned to commence in 2008. The estimated cost of the plant is approximately $750 million. Dairyland's share would be 150-MW, with a cost of about $225 million. There are also three, existing units at the station that have a combined capacity of 510 MW. The new unit will use low-sulfur coal and state-of-the-art technologies.

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) approved the 500-MW expansion on September 23, 2004. The project was announced two years ago and submitted to the PSCW a year ago. The new unit is the first project approved by the PSCW under a new law designed to streamline the approval process. The purchase is subject to financing and regulatory approval.

Dairyland evaluated the alternative of constructing a 400-MW coal plant at sites in Iowa and Wisconsin. The Weston 4 alternative can deliver power earlier than the other projects, which are now expected to be placed on hold.

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