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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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Eight Utilities Propose Energy Efficiency Investments to Reduce Carbon Emissions

LCG, September 28, 2007--Eight major electric utilities are proposing energy efficiency as a means to reduce future carbon (and other) emissions while serving customers. Duke, Con Edison, Edison International, Great Plains Energy, Pepco Holdings Inc., PNM Resources, Sierra Pacific Resources and Xcel Energy yesterday announced a proposal to increase their investment in energy efficiency by $500 million per year to $1.5 billion if they can achieve regulatory changes to encourage conservation.

Jim Rogers, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy stated, "There has been a chronic underinvestment in energy efficiency in our country. We are determined to fix that, by creating the innovative regulatory frameworks that leverage technology to address climate change, reduce power demand and keep our customers' power bills as low as possible."

Collectively, the eight utilities serve almost 20 million customers in twenty-two states. Together, they plan to invest approximately $1 billion annually over the next 3 years and about $1.5 billion annually in years four through ten, with an expectation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions approximately 30 million tons annually in the latter years. The utilities propose to work collaboratively with policymakers and other stakeholders to overcome regulatory barriers that may discourage utility investment in energy efficiency today.

The eight utilities, along with the Edison Electric Institute, also plan to create a new organization, the Institute for Electric Efficiency (IEE), that will promote the sharing of information, ideas and experiences on effective means of delivering energy efficiency.
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