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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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Dominion's Cove Point LNG Export Project Achieves Production Milestone

LCG, February 1, 2018--Dominion Energy Cove Point (DECP) announced yesterday that it has begun producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) with its newly constructed liquefaction facility undergoing commissioning in Lusby, Maryland. All major equipment has been operated and is being commissioned following a comprehensive round of testing and quality assurance activities. The facility is expected to enter commercial service in early March.

Shell NA LNG is providing the natural gas needed for liquefaction during the commissioning process and will off-take by ship the LNG that is produced.

Once commissioning is complete, DECP will produce LNG for ST Cove Point, which is the joint venture of Sumitomo Corporation and Tokyo Gas, and for GGULL, the U.S. affiliate of GAIL (India) LTD under 20-year take-or-pay contracts. DECP's liquefaction facility has a nameplate capacity of 5.25 mtpa of LNG.

Dominion Energy Cove Point Terminal is located on the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby, Maryland, south of Baltimore, where it is accessible to transport vessels to export (or import) LNG. The location also has pipeline access to many natural gas supplies, including the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, which are two of the largest natural gas basins in North America.

Construction of the liquefaction facility for export began in October 2014, following more than three years of federal, state and local permit reviews and approvals. With a cost of $4 billion, it is the largest construction project ever thus far for Maryland and for Dominion Energy.

Cove Point was originally built in the 1970's by Consolidated Natural Gas Company, parent of what is now Dominion Energy Transmission, and they partnered with the Columbia Gas System to receive, store and process supplies of LNG from tankers.
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