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[CU 1842 / March 16, 2018]
TransAlta Plans 40- to 180-MW Centralia Solar Plant; Coal Transition Still on Track
TransAlta announced plans March 13 to build a 40- to 180-MW solar power plant by 2020 at the site of its former Centralia coal mine, about 8 miles northeast of Centralia at the ghost town of Tono, in Thurston County, Wash. At full build-out, it would be far and away the state’s largest solar project, a distinction currently held by Puget Sound Energy’s 0.5-MW Wild Horse solar plant in Kittitas County.
Mainzer: No Panic, But BPA Must Control Rates, Find New Revenue
It’s not time to panic quite yet at BPA, but the federal agency must urgently deal with potentially crippling market dynamics, Administrator Elliot Mainzer told the Northwest Power and Conservation Council March 13. Bonneville surplus sales have experienced a “bloodbath,” and the current steady march of rate increases for long-term customers must stop before its priority contracts expire in 2028.
Motion to Delay Court-Ordered 2018 BiOp Met With Opposition
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Calling it “hypocrisy,” federal defendants on March 9 opposed a motion by the National Wildlife Federation and other plaintiffs seeking to delay until 2021 the U.S. District Court’s order requiring NOAA Fisheries to complete a new BiOp by December 2018. Several other intervenor-defendants are also opposing the motion, which was filed Feb. 8.
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