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PUC Rejects Moapa Paiute Solar Station

Nevada utility regulators have again rejected a plan for utility company NV Energy to buy solar power from a proposed solar generation station on Moapa River Paiute Indian Reservation outside Las Vegas.

Public Utilities Commission of Nevada action on Wednesday followed initial rejection of the plan in October.

The commission wants the utility to seek competitive bids to buy 54 megawatts of electricity.

The Moapa solar project was projected to cost $438 million and generate up to 200 megawatts.

Proponents including the Sierra Club say it'll be needed when NV Energy shuts down the nearby coal-fired Reid Gardner generating station by the end of 2017.

The state Bureau of Consumer Protection calls the state PUC decision a win for consumers because it'll help ensure that customers don't overpay.

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