Biden administration approves third major California solar project
The Hill – January 14
The Biden administration has approved a third major solar project in California, part of a continued drive to achieve carbon-free electricity generation nationwide by 2035. The Oberon project, authorized by the Bureau of Land Management last Thursday, will help meet an Energy Act of 2020 goal of permitting 25 GW of renewable energy on public lands by 2025, the agency said in a news release.
SRP will develop wind farm on Babbitt Ranches property
AZ Big Media – January 17
Salt River Project (SRP) is developing a 161 MW wind farm, Babbitt Ranch Energy Center, in Coconino County, Arizona. SRP has contracted with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources to purchase the energy from the project. The project is scheduled to begin delivering clean energy onto SRP’s power grid by December 2023.
NV Energy cleared to build solar projects to replace last owned coal plant
KSNV – January 18
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada recently gave NV Energy approval to add two new solar projects totaling 600 MW, which the utility says will ultimately replace its last remaining coal-fired plant. Both projects will be built in Valmy, about 35 miles southeast of Winnemucca. They would replace the coal-fired North Valmy Generating Station, NV Energy's only remaining coal-fired power plant, by 2025.
Permian Basin solar farm green-lit by State of New Mexico
Carlsbad Current Argus – January 14
An Eddy County solar farm will support the needs of Chevron’s Permian Basin oil and gas operations after the fossil fuel giant won a bid for a section of State Trust land for the project. The New Mexico State Land Office announced the lease for a $140,000 bid that will see Chevron work with Algonquin Power and Utilities to develop the Hayhurst New Mexico Solar Project. The project will generate 20 MW of solar power to support Chevron’s electrical loads in southeast New Mexico.