PUCN Approves NV Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) has approved NV Energy's Integrated Resource Plan for the company's southern territory. The plan includes new transmission lines, renewable energy initiatives and energy efficiency measures.

The ON Line project is a 500 kV transmission line that will link NV Energy's northern and southern service areas and provide access to isolated renewable energy resources in parts of northern and eastern Nevada.

The seven power purchase agreements approved by the PUCN will add more than 400 MW of renewable energy to NV Energy's portfolio. The projects are Spring Valley Wind, SolarReserve Crescent Dunes Solar Energy, NextLight Silver State Solar, Ormat McGuiness Hills Geothermal, Ormat Hot Sulphur Springs Geothermal, RAM Power Clayton Valley Geothermal and WMRE Lockwood Landfill Energy.

ASD, NV Energy's smart grid/smart meter project, will enable customers to directly manage their energy use and allow for better management of energy resources statewide. NV Energy received a $138 million grant in stimulus funding from the Department of Energy specifically for the implementation of the $301 million ASD project. The company will install the first 10,000 digital smart meters in southern Nevada later this year.

SOURCE: NV Energy

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