Missouri PSC Approves Grain Belt Express HVDC Transmission Project

LCG, March 22, 2019--The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a request filed by Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC for a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to construct, own, operate, control, manage and maintain a high-voltage, direct-current (HVDC) transmission line to move power east from wind farms in western Kansas to load centers in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

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FPL Targets 1,490 MW of Solar Capacity for New Community Solar Program

LCG, March 15, 2019--Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) Wednesday filed a proposal with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) for a new community solar program, FPL SolarTogether. Pending PSC approval, FPL plans to install 1,490-MW of capacity at 20 new solar power plants across FPL's service territory to meet anticipated customer enrollment in the program.

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Fund Could Offset Energy Price Spikes in Edmonton

LCG, Feb. 6, 2002--Alberta's Revenue Minister said that representatives at a Future Summit Meeting discussed setting aside funds to be used when Alberta energy prices increase.

The minister, Greg Melchin, said that the existing Heritage Fund, created in 1976 to accumulate surplus energy revenues, could be used to make sure that other budgetary priorities are not impacted by high energy prices. It would also assist in maintaining reliable electric service, said Melchin.

The government did not approve similar proposals made in prior years, but the idea was revived during the two-day Future Summit's coverage of fiscal matters. A report by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta suggested that Alberta's remaining debt could be paid off with $6 billion, and that $3.5 billion could be used for the stabilization fund. The value of the Heritage Fund currently stands at $12 billion, and would receive additional funds from surplus revenues when they occurred.

While the conference proceedings suggested that support exists for countering boom-and-bust energy prices' effects, Melchin said that the province would need to "bring clarity" concerning Heritage Fund transactions.
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