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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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FirstEnergy Announces Plans to Convert Plant from Burning Coal to Biomass

LCG, April 3, 2009--FirstEnergy Corp. announced Wednesday its plan to convert two coal-fired units to burn biomass for power generation at the R.E. Burger Plant in Ohio. The conversion plan stems from a Consent Decree related to FirstEnergy's 2005 New Source Review settlement that allows the power plant to burn coal only through the end of the year 2012.

The plan targets converting units 4 and 5 to burn biomass. The combined output of the two units is estimated to be 312 MW when the repowering is complete, which is consistent with the current capacity. The estimated capital cost for retrofitting the units is $200 million.

The R.E. Burger Plant will be one of the largest biomass facilities in the United States. FirstEnergy has a biomass supply agreement with Renewafuel LLC that relies upon dry, biomass briquettes. Typically, biomass facilities use green, woody biomass, which contains roughly 50% moisture, as a fuel. Renewafuel's supply plans include the use of fast-growing trees, like poplars and cottonwoods, as an energy crop.

Last year, the State of Ohio approved legislation that requires 25 percent of Ohio's energy be supplied from advanced and renewable energy sources by 2025.
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