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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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Rhode Island Bill Would Spur Electric Competition

LCG, Feb. 27, 2002--A bill introduced by Rhode Island lawmakers would attempt to make lower power prices available to the state's small power users.

House Speaker John B. Harwood, D-Pawtucket, and Rep. Brian P. Kennedy, D-Hopkinton, say that the proposed legislation is meant to succeed in ways that the Utilities Restructuring Act of 1996 did not. Since, 1998, customers have been able to choose a supplier other than Narragansett Electric.

Marketers are generally not seen as being as willing to court consumers as they are large businesses, due to the relatively high cost needed to attract a small amount of additional consumer sales. One part of the bill would allow municipalities to solicit bids from suppliers on behalf of their residents, and switch all residents' to the least expensive supplier except for those who opted not to be switched. Thirty-four Rhode Island towns are already realizing savings based on a deal negotiated by the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns for a duration of five years beginning in 1999.

Despite the bill's focus on allowing aggregation of tens of thousands of customers, it would also give individual customers an option to select higher-priced "green power" produced from renewable resources.

Rate structures would have to reflect different time-of-day costs. In Washington state, a move to higher charges for customers during day-time peak periods have coincided with a shift in power usage towards off-peak periods, when lower prices are in place.

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