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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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Duke Energy Carolinas Files IRP

LCG, September 6, 2018--Duke Energy Carolinas excluded new nuclear construction in its recently filed Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which includes its 15-year plan for new power generation.

For many years, expansion of nuclear generation has been a normal part of Duke's solution to meeting long-term electric supply needs. However, new nuclear reactors are not part of the new IRP. However, new nuclear projects remain a possibility for the future. Duke continues to monitor developments in advanced nuclear reactors and small modular reactors (SMRs).

Duke does plan to pursue receiving license extensions for its existing nuclear assets, which total 7,400 MW of capacity. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has historically issued 40-year licenses for the initial reactor operating period, with 20-year extensions available to units that qualify. All of Duke's nuclear units have received the first, 20-year extensions, which allow for a 60-year life. The next step a number of companies, including Duke, are considering with the NRC is to extend the licenses for another 20 years, or a total of 80 years. If the existing carbon-free nuclear plants can receive an additional 20 years of operations, then there will be significant benefits with respect to limiting carbon emissions.
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