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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 to Place Over 1,200 MW of Older Generating Capacity into "Cold Reserve"

LCG, January 19, 2018--Dominion Energy announced Wednesday that it plans to place nine older, inefficient electric generating units located at five power plants in Virginia into a cold reserve. The units have a combined capacity of 1,208 MW but account for less than one percent of the company's generation. The nine units could be restarted if necessary, according to the company.

The President and CEO of the Dominion Generation Group stated, "When we look at the time, the materials, the people, when we look at the thermal inefficiency of these plants and we look at the advancement of renewables, we look at continued gas-fired build, we just think this is a progressive step we can take to ensure that our fleet remains competitive."

Eight of the nine units to be placed in cold reserve are coal-fired units (or coal-fired units converted to natural gas). Dominion plans to maintain environmental permits for the units, as well as continue paying local taxes.

The power stations where units will be impacted are: Bellemeade, in Richmond; Chesterfield Power Station; Bremo, in Fluvanna County; Mecklenburg, in Clarksville; and Possum Point in Dumfries. Bellemeade, Bremo and Mecklenburg will no longer have units operating once the units are placed into cold reserve status in April. At Chesterfield and Possum Point, some units will go into cold reserve in December and others will continue to run.

According to the State Corporation Commission (SCC), Dominion has informed the SCC staff of the plan and that, because the units are being placed in cold reserve and still could be called on to provide electricity, there is no need to seek commission approval.
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