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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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City of Austin Approves PPA for Texas Biomass Plant

LCG, August 29, 2008--The Austin City Council yesterday approved a 20-year, power purchase agreement (PPA) with Nacogdoches Power LLC for the electricity generated from a 100-MW facility fueled with biomass. The proposed facility is scheduled to commence operations in 2012.

The project, located in northwestern Nacogdoches County, will use a variety of wood wastes, including residues from forests and sawmills, as well as waste pallets and municipal wood waste. The facility will use a bubbling fluidized bed boiler to directly combust the wood wastes, together with a steam turbine for power generation. With respect to air emissions, the design includes a baghouse to control particulate emissions and a Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction (SNCR) system for NOx control. With respect to carbon emissions, biomass power generation is deemed carbon neutral.

Unlike wind and solar renewable resources that generate power only when the wind blows or the sun shines, the hour-to-hour generation from a biomass facility can be dispatched by the operator to meet changing load and market conditions.

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) is discussing a similar project with Nacogdoches Power LLC that could be constructed at the existing Deerhaven Generating Station near Gainesville, Florida.

Earlier this week, Georgia Power submitted a request to the Georgia Public Service Commission for approval to convert an aging, coal-fired unit at its Mitchell Generating Plant in Georgia to use wood wastes. The modified unit would use a direct-fire, stoker technology for a design capacity of 96 MW.

These three projects show a rising interest in developing large-scale, electric generating facilities that are reliant solely upon biomass as the fuel.
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