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Nevada Utilities Commission Approves Solar Thermal Power Plant Contract
The first new solar thermal power plant in 13 years earned a green light in late March, when the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved contracts between Nevada's electric utilities and the Eldorado Solar Electric Generating Station (ESEGS). Under development near Boulder City, Nevada, the ESEGS will be the third-largest solar thermal power plant in the nation, with a capacity of 50 megawatts. Like the existing commercial plants in California, the ESEGS will use parabolic troughs to heat oil, which is then used to boil water into steam to power a turbine generator. The plant is expected to begin operating by March 2005. See the Nevada PUC press release (PDF 78 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.