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Massachusetts Poised to Target More Offshore Wind

LCG, August 2, 2018--The Massachusetts Legislature approved H4857, An Act to Advance Clean Energy, on Tuesday that includes: an increase in the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) goals to 35 percent by 2030, a 1,000 MW energy storage goal by 2025, and a path to install an additional 1,600 MW of offshore wind capacity. With the current goal of installing 1,600 MW of offshore wind capacity, the total offshore wind capacity would be 3,200 MW. The legislation will now be received by the Governor of Massachusetts.

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Pattern Development Completes Power Purchase Agreements for 200 MW Wind Project in New Mexico

LCG, August 1, 2018--Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (Pattern Development) yesterday announced it has signed 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) and Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) to deliver wind power from the 200 MW Duran Mesa Wind project currently in development near Corona, New Mexico. SVCE has signed a PPA for 110 MW, and MBCP has signed a PPA for 90 MW.

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NRC Hearing Necessary Prior to Restarting SONGS

LCG, May 15, 2013--The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) on Monday issued a decision to provide the environmental interest group, Friends of the Earth, its request for a hearing to restart Unit 2 at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), located in Southern California. With the decision and required hearing, the probability that SONGS will be restarted this summer is diminished.

SONGS is a critical generating asset in California and is jointly owned by Southern California Edison (SCE) (78.21 percent), San Diego Gas & Electric (20 percent) and the City of Riverside (1.79 percent). Unit 2, with a capacity of approximately 1,180 MW, has been unavailable since January 2012 following the identification of cracks in steam generator tubes. Unit 3 was removed from service shortly thereafter, following the discovery of a leak in a steam generator tube. Further inspections show Unit 3 had over 300 tubes with unexpected tube-to-tube wear; Unit 2 only had two tubes exhibiting minor tube-to-tube wear.

In February, SCE anticipated that, after it submitted technical responses to the NRC, a decision from the NRC could be issued in May and that Unit 2 could then be restarted and operate during the peak summer season at 70 percent output to prevent the conditions that caused excessive tube wear in the steam generators. However, with the new ASLB decision, SCE (the operator) cannot restart Unit 2 until the NRC holds a formal license amendment proceeding with full public participation.
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