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Maine line selected as alternative to Northern Pass; FERC approves 'ocean grid'

Massachusetts selects Maine project as alternative to Northern Pass line

Massachusetts electric utilities and state officials have picked Avangrid Inc. subsidiary Central Maine Power Co.'s 1,200-MW New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project as the alternative winning bid in a "clean energy" solicitation if the previous winning bid, Eversource Energy's 1,090-MW Northern Pass project, fails to appeal its permitting denial in New Hampshire by March 27.

FERC greenlights proposed 'ocean grid' to move up to 4 GW of Mass. offshore wind

Federal regulators approved the construction of an underwater transmission project being developed by a venture headed by Anbaric Transmission to move between 2,000 MW and 4,000 MW of wind energy produced offshore Massachusetts.

Midwest utilities select route for 345-kV line in Wisconsin, Iowa

Three Midwest utilities have settled on a proposed route for the Cardinal-Hickory Creek Project, a $500 million, 345-kV transmission line planned for Iowa and Wisconsin to improve regional reliability and increase access for renewable energy resources.

NH lawmakers back National Grid line as alternative to Northern Pass

The New Hampshire legislators also backed National Grid USA's proposed Granite State Power Link transmission project as an alternative to Northern Pass.

Hydro One proposes cheaper alternative to East-West transmission project

Hydro One Ltd. has asked an Ontario regulator to allow it to build a C$636.2 million transmission system through the northwest region of the province, claiming it will be cheaper for ratepayers than a network being proposed by rival NextBridge Infrastructure.

MISO board approves opening Texas transmission project for competitive bidding

The Midcontinent ISO's board approved the 500-kV Hartburg-Sabine Junction transmission project and will conduct a competitive solicitation to select the developer.

US agency, transmission developer Southline agree on rights to Ariz./NM line

The Western Area Power Administration and Southline Transmission said they have agreed to develop a transmission project across southern New Mexico and Arizona.

Regulator staff recommends approval of FPL's proposed 1,163-MW gas plant

Florida Public Service Commission staff filed a recommendation in support of NextEra Energy Inc. subsidiary Florida Power & Light Co.'s petition to construct a 1,163-MW combined-cycle unit at Dania Beach.

W.Va. regulators approve construction of 830-MW gas plant

The Public Service Commission of West Virginia approved the construction of an 830-MW natural gas-fired plant Brooke County, W.Va. proposed by private developer ESC Brooke County Power I LLC.

MidAmerican Energy plugs in 338 MW of wind capacity in Iowa

MidAmerican Energy Co. has brought online two wind farms totaling 338 MW in Iowa, as part of its Wind XI project: the 170-MW Beaver Creek facility in Boone and Greene Counties and the 168-MW Prairie facility in Mahaska County.

Data center developer Switch backing 1,000 MW of solar in Nevada

Data center company Switch Inc. announced it is teaming with private equity firm Capital Dynamics Inc. on plans to construct the largest solar project in the United States, with photovoltaic installations in northern and southern Nevada. The Gigawatt 1 solar project comes from an effort called Gigawatt Nevada, which Switch CEO and founder Rob Roy proposed three years ago, Switch said in a news release.

PacifiCorp selects $2B in wind, transmission projects for Wyo. customers

Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary PacifiCorp has selected four wind projects submitted in a request for proposal process for total capacity of 1,171 MW in Wyoming and is asking state regulators to approve those plus transmission lines totaling about $2 billion in combined projects.

Vectren to replace coal generation with up to 950 MW of gas, solar plants

A Vectren Corp. electric utility filed a long-term electric generation transition plan that calls for building an up to 900-MW gas-fired power plant and a 50-MW solar facility to replace coal-fired generation it intends to retire.

Nevada approves permit for 101-MW Battle Mountain solar project

Nevada utility regulators approved a permit for GP JOULE USA Inc. to construct its proposed 101-MW photovoltaic Battle Mountain Solar Project in Humboldt County, Nev.