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LS Power, Columbia Energy Get Approval for Renewable Projects

December 29, 2011

Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Interior Department approved plans for an LS Power Group solar project and a Columbia Energy Partners LLC proposal to build a transmission line connecting a wind-power project in Oregon.

The department granted right of way for 19 acres of public land sought by closely held LS Power’s Centinela solar project near El Centro, California, according to a statement today. The project will produce as much as 275 megawatts.

Columbia Energy Partners, a Vancouver, Washington-based developer, plans to build a 44-mile (71-kilometer) transmission line to deliver 104 megawatts of electricity from a proposed wind farm near Diamond, Oregon.

The Interior Department oversees about one in every five acres of land in the U.S., according to its website.

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