Nevada PUC approves Duke project

Duke's Notrees wind farm
The Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved Duke Energy’s proposed Searchlight Wind project of up to 200MW that would be located on federal lands administered by the US Interior Department.

The three-member PUC issued a draft order on 10 July and will soon release a final one with few changes to the text, PUC Public Information Officer Peter Kostes tells Recharge.

Duke has said that it will not begin construction after permitting is completed until it has nailed down long-term power purchase agreements for the project. The developer has been in talks with NV Energy, the dominant utility in Nevada, and several electric utilities in California

President Barack Obama has ordered the Interior Department to accelerate permitting in an environmentally responsible Log in to read complete article.

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