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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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Hydro-Québec Plans to Add 2,000 MW of Wind Power

LCG, June 30, 2005--Hydro-Qubec announced yesterday that the Qubec government has requested the utility to pursue the purchase of an additional 2,000 MW of wind power to supplement its energy supplies. Hydro-Qubec plans to be a global leader in delivering wind power and estimates that its contracts for wind power will total 3,500 MW by the end of 2013.

Historically Quebec has relied almost entirely upon hydro electricity to supply its demand for electricity, with surplus power to export. However, with growing demands, Quebec is currently a net importer of electricity. To bolster local supplies, last July the Quebec government approved the province's first major gas-fired generating facility, the Becancour cogeneration plant, which is scheduled to commence operations in 2007 at an estimated cost of $500 million. The plant, located between Montreal and Quebec City, is deemed necessary to meet Quebec's forecast electricity demands.

Following the approval of the Becancour plant, opposition from environmentalists and locals led to the cancellation last November of another gas-fired power project in Beauharnoi. The 836 MW project, with an estimated cost of $550 million, was targeted to commence operations in 2008 to meet the regions growing demand for electricity. As an alternative to gas-fired generation, Hydro-Qubec has now turned to wind power and improved energy efficiency.

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