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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Davis' Push Against Power Contracts Likely to Be Slow Going

LCG, Feb. 26, 2002--After the California Public Utilities Commission filed a formal complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday concerning long-term power contracts California entered last year, observers said the federal agency's response would be slow at best.

Gov. Davis had spoken with reporters about his optimism that FERC would overrule power suppliers, saying "they understand their job, which is to get in and fix marketplaces." The filing asserted that California is paying $14 billion to $21 billion more than it should because of temporarily high spot prices experienced during the height of the state's power crisis.

A possible indicator of FERC's receptivity to the filing is that it has not scheduled hearings concerning related filings made by two Nevada utilities in December.

Severin Borenstein of the University of California Energy Institute told the Sacramento Bee, "realistically, it's pretty unlikely that the state will win." Borenstein said that for generators, the idea that they might have to contest the complaint for two years could lead them to consider compromising with the state on the contracts.

The FERC rarely receives filings such as California's, but ultimately, Borenstein said, the generators would not "just hand money back to the state. That's why it's called a contract." The 32 contracts cited in the filing total $43 billion over roughly the next ten years.
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