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San Diego County Water Authority Seeks Proposals for 500-MW Pumped Storage Project

LCG, July 21, 2017--The San Diego County Water Authority Tuesday issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a potential joint energy storage project with the City of San Diego that would expand use of existing hydroelectric infrastructure at San Vicente Reservoir. The project could potentially dampen water rate increases and provide greater opportunities for renewable energy development in the area.

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Bay State Wind Receives Federal Approval for Offshore Wind Farm

LCG, July 20, 2017--Bay State Wind, a joint venture between DONG Energy and Eversource, reported yesterday that the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has approved its site assessment plan (SAP) for an offshore wind project proposed off the coast of Massachusetts near Martha's Vineyard. Bay State Wind states they are the first in the nation to receive federal approval of their site assessment plan.

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Pattern Development Completes 185-MW Wind Project in British Columbia

LCG, February 28, 2017--Pattern Energy Group LP ("Pattern Development") yesterday announced the completion of its 184.6 MW Meikle Wind power project located in British Columbia. The addition of the new capacity increases British Columbia's total installed wind capacity to 673.6 MW, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). Main construction on the project commenced in June 2015.

The CEO of Pattern Development stated, "Meikle Wind is now the largest wind facility in British Columbia, increasing the installed wind power capacity in the province by 37 percent. Located in a mountainous region, this project was unique for its construction, design and weather challenges, as well as for our discovery of rare dinosaur tracks during construction, which we donated to the Tumbler Ridge Museum."

The Meikle Wind project is comprised of 61 GE wind turbines, and the facility has a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with BC Hydro. The facility will be managed by 16 operations and maintenance personnel, together with a variety of local subcontractors.
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