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Renewable Energy Projects Approved and/or Permitted by the PUCN


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    Pursuant to Nevada Revised Statute 704.865, the PUCN approves Utility Environmental Protection Act (UEPA) permits for all privately-owned conventional (natural gas, oil, coal, nuclear) utility facilities constructed in Nevada, even if the electricity generated by the facility will be exported out of state. The PUCN also approves the construction of renewable energy projects with an output greater than 70 megawatts, even if the energy is to be exported out of state, and transmission for renewable energy greater than 200 kilovolts. Additionally, the PUCN approves purchase power agreements (PPAs) between NV Energy and conventional utility facilities and renewable energy projects. See the table below for a comprehensive list of renewable energy projects with a PUCN-approved UEPA permit and/or PPA with NV Energy (1980s through 2014).

    Click here for a list of new and proposed generation plants in Nevada, including renewable energy facilities.

      Projects Within Nevada that Received PUCN Approval

      PUCN Approval

      Project Details

       

      Project

      UEPA1

      PPA2

      COD3

      MW Nameplate4

      Exporting/Internal Generation5

      Notes6

      Biogas

      1

      Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility   X 2004 0.80 Internal 2004
      2 Nevada Department of Corrections   X 2007 1.00 N/A 07-01036

      Biomass

      3 Sierra Pacific Industries   X 1989 10.00 N/A 1989

      Geothermal

      4 Beowawe Power   X 2006 17.70 Internal 05-5010
      5 Buffalo/Jersey Valley   X N/A 24.00 N/A 06-10021
      6 Brady   X 1992 24.00 Internal 1990
      7 Carson Lake   X N/A 31.50 N/A 06-10021
      8 Carson Lake Basin Project   X N/A 62.00 N/A 07-07013
      9 Clayton Valley 1   X N/A 53.50 N/A 10-03022
      10 Coyote Canyon X   N/A 70.00 Exporting 11-06014
      11 Desert Peak 2 X X 2007 25.00 Internal 02-11040, 05-3024
      12 Dixie Meadows   X N/A 51.00 N/A 11-03014
      13 Dixie Valley Power Partnership X   1993 72.00 Exporting 93-9036
      14 Earth Power Resources   X N/A 28.00 N/A 02-11040
      15 Faulkner 1 X X 2009 49.50 Internal 06-10021, 06-11032
      16 Galena 2   X 2007 13.00 Internal 02-11040
      17 Galena 3   X 2007 26.50 Internal 06-05040
      18 Homestrech   X 1986 5.60 Internal 1986
      19 Hot Sulphur Springs   X N/A 46.00 N/A 07-07013
      20 NY Canyon X   N/A 70.00 Exporting 12-01018
      21 Patua 1 X   2013 70.00 Exporting 10-03012
      22 Richard Burdette, Galena 1   X 2006 26.00 Internal 04-8004
      23 Salt Wells X X 2009 23.60 Internal 07-02015, 04-4011
      24 San Emidio (Expansion)   X 2012 10.90 Internal 11-08010
      25 San Emidio Resources X X 1992 3.80 Internal 1991, 91-9058
      26 Soda Lake 1   X 1987 5.00 Internal 1987
      27 Soda Lake 2   X 1991 18.00 Internal 1989
      28 Streamboat Hills X X 1988 14.60 Internal 1986, 86-1266
      29 Steamboat 1A X X 1988 2.00 Internal 1988, 90-383
      30 Steamboat 2 X X 1992 13.40 Internal 1990, 91-7056
      31 Steamboat 3 X X 1991 13.40 Internal 1990, 91-7056
      32 Stillwater 2 X X 2009 47.20 Internal 07-02015, 06-02019
      33 Tuscarora   X 2012 32.00 Internal 10-03022
      34 McGinness Hills 2 X X N/A 48.00 Internal 13-11007, 14-01032
      35 McGinness Hills 1 X X 2012 48.00 Internal 10-02009, 11-04014

      Hydro

      36 Fleish   X 1905 2.30 Internal 07-01036
      37 Frank Hooper   X 1986 0.80 Internal 1986
      38 Lahontan   X 1989 4.00 Internal 1987
      39 Stampede   X N/A 3.60 N/A N/A
      40 Verdi   X 1911 2.20 Internal 07-01036
      41 Washoe   X 1904 2.20 Internal 07-01036

      Landfill Gas

      42 CC Landfill Energy   X 2012 12.00 Internal 09-08020
      43 Lockwood Landfill   X 2012 3.20 Internal 10-03022

      Solar

      44 Boulder Solar Power X   N/A 300.00 Exporting 12-05037
      45 Copper Mountain Solar 2 X   2013 150.00 Exporting 10-05018
      46 Copper Mountain Solar 3 X   N/A 250.00 Exporting 10-12004
      47 Copper Mountain Solar 4 X   N/A 94.00 Exporting 14-10013
      48 Crescent Dunes X X N/A 110.00 Internal 10-02010, 09-07018
      49 Las Vegas Valley Water District   X 2006 3.00 Internal 02-11040
      50 kRoad Moapa Solar X   N/A 350.00 Exporting 12-06019
      51 Mountain View Solar   X 2014 20.00 Internal 11-03014
      52 Nellis Solar PV   X 2007 13.20 Internal 07-01008
      53 Fotowatio Nevada Solar   X 2012 20.00 Internal 09-08020
      54 Nevada Solar One   X 2007 69.00 Internal 02-12039
      55 Searchlight Solar   X N/A 17.50 Internal 09-08020
      56 Silver State Solar Power South X   N/A 250.00 Exporting 11-09010
      57 FRV Spectrum Solar   X 2013 30.00 Internal 11-03014
      58 Sunshine Valley Solar X   N/A 110.00 Exporting 14-05039
      59 Techren Solar X   N/A 300.00 Exporting 12-04013
      60 Townsite Solar X   N/A 180.00 Exporting 12-07021
      61 Your Vitmains, Inc.   X 2004 0.22 Internal 02-11040
      62 Moapa Solar X   N/A 200.00 Exporting 12-08023
      63 Silver State Solar Power North X X 2012 52.00 Internal 10-02009, 09-08019

      Wind

      64 Ely Wind Company   X N/A 50.00 N/A 02-11040
      65 Searchlight Wind Energy X   N/A 200.00 Exporting 09-09014
      66 Spring Valley Wind X X 2012 151.80 Internal 10-02009, 10-02013
       

      Total Megawatts approved by the PUCN

      4,008

         

       

      1UEPA stands for Utility Environmental Protection Act permit.

      2PPA stands for power purchase agreement.

      3COD stands for commercial operation date.

      4MW Nameplate refers to the megawatt nameplate or gross rating of the facility.

      5The Exporting/Internal Generation column explains if the project is exporting its generation out of Nevada or if its being consumed within the state.

      6The Notes column provides PUCN information such as docket numbers or the year PUCN approval was obtained.