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Peter Kissel and Sylwia Dakowicz Join DWGP

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Peter Kissel joins DWGP as Of Counsel.  Peter brings decades of experience in the hydroelectric space.  His work spans dozens of projects involving project relicensing and administering hydroelectric licenses and their regulatory implications.  For information regarding just some of the many projects on which he has worked, please see Peter’s bio here

Sylwia Dakowicz joins DWGP’s Sacramento office as an Associate.  Sylwia’s practice includes energy and utility, renewable energy, community choice aggregation, electric reliability, municipal, communications, and hydropower law.  For more information regarding Sylwia’s background and practice, please see her bio here.

East Hampton Approves Agreements for NY’s First Offshore Wind Cable Landing

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The Town of East Hampton, New York has approved agreements that will bring power generated by a proposed 136 MW offshore wind farm, which would be the first such facility off the coast of New York, to the mainland power grid.  Two government bodies in East Hampton, the Town Board and the Trustees, approved the landing and connection of a 138 kV transmission line from the planned South Fork Wind Farm project in East Hampton.  The project, being developed by Ørsted US Offshore Wind and Eversource, would consist of 15 wind turbines located in federal waters approximately 35 miles off easternmost Montauk Point, Long Island. 

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Jeff Genzer Speaks on Action in Clean Energy over the Next Four Years

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Jeff Genzer, Vice-President of DWGP, participated as a panelist on a webinar held on January 28, 2021 entitled, “US Clean Energy:  The Next Four Years.”  Jeff discussed expected action by the new Administration and Congress in the energy arena, including climate actions, stimulus, infrastructure, executive action, tax and authorizing legislation. He also discussed possible action by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to facilitate state “clean energy” policies.  There were over 1000 attendees who participated in the webinar. 

For more information, please reach out to Jeff Genzer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Jeff Genzer Participated in Panel on “U.S. Clean Energy – The Next Four Years”

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Jeff Genzer participated on a panel discussion on January 28th at 1:00 pm (eastern time), entitled “U.S. Clean Energy - - The Next Four Years.”  Jeff discussed the expected energy policy actions by the new Biden Administration, as well as possible federal stimulus funding, infrastructure and regulatory issues.  The webinar was sponsored by Inter Solar North America and Energy Storage North America.

Registration and information regarding the webinar can be found here.

For additional background, please contact Jeff Genzer.

NTUA Advances Projects to Address COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Navajo Nation and the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) are committed to extending utilities to the homes of Navajo Nation families to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. On August 16, the Navajo Nation (NN) announced the funding it would provide to NTUA to construct utility projects eligible under the United States CARES Act by December 28, 2020. NTUA has mobilized to complete as many projects as possible. 

NTUA’s Home Interconnection Program:

NTUA has officially surpassed the original goal of connecting 510 homes to the electric grid. This is a huge achievement for NTUA electric line crews - to extend electricity to over 510 homes in a little over three months. Once the NN CARES Act legislation was passed and approved, teams went to work to build powerlines. Each week, including weekends and holidays, the NTUA crews concentrated on extending electricity to as many homes as possible -- with 510 homes being the primary goal. As of this update, the total connections by NTUA was 541 families!

As of December 16th, the actual number of Navajo homes connected was 579 which includes: NTUA - 541, Continental Divide Electric Cooperative - 22, and Jemez Mountain Electric Cooperative - 16. 

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DWGP Highlights the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority's Renewable Energy Development Efforts that Bring New Economic Opportunity to the Navajo Nation

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While utilities are taking strides in transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy, it is important to showcase recent renewable development initiatives by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA).  Please visit NTUA's webpage, which illustrates NTUA’s progress in utilizing solar development as an economic opportunity driver in low income and high unemployment communities. 

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DWGP is a Proud Sponsor of the 2020 NRECA G&T Legal Seminar

DWGP was pleased to once again to sponsor the annual NRECA G&T Legal Seminar.  This year, due to the ongoing health crisis, the conference was held for the first time in a virtual format.  The three-day online event brought together thought leaders to discuss the most current regulatory, legislative, financial, and judicial information.  In addition to offering substantive content relevant to G&T utilities, the conference always provides a welcome opportunity to visit with our cooperative friends.  This year was no exception, and on Thursday night, we gathered via Zoom to participate in a Mozzarella making contest.