NV Energy Inc. has been given the green light by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) to add natural gas-fired peaking capacity as energy conditions run tighter across the region, with the potential the plant is fueled by a hydrogen blend in the future. 


The project to add two natural gas-fired turbines, expected to cost around $333 million, could be completed by July 2024. Once online, the turbines would add 444 MW of peaking capacity to the existing Silverhawk Generating Station. 

The station, brought online nearly 20 years ago, currently has a peak generating capacity of 520 MW. 

“The West continues to experience energy shortfalls and Nevada is not immune,” NV spokesperson Katie Nannini told NGI. “Nevada’s historic reliance on the energy market to meet...