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Nevada Power Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sierra Pacific Resources (SPR), has received approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) for development of two renewable energy-generating plants. Additionally, the commission gave approval for the company to spend $3.5 million on renewable transmission system routing and siting studies.

The transmission studies are part of the utilities' long-range plan to bring increased amounts of renewable energy to the state's consumers. If fully built-out, the system could be made up of more than 500 miles of new 345 kV transmission lines and a number of new substations, located strategically to provide improved grid access for geothermal, wind and solar plants that are under development, as well as meeting the utilities' other needs.

"Nevada is already number one in solar and geothermal power per capita, and we are continuing to push forward aggressively," says Michael Yackira, president and CEO of SPR. "We currently have 23 other geothermal plants under contract and are actively pursuing further investments in geothermal, solar and wind energy."

SOURCE: Nevada Power Co.

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