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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Israeli Pipeline in Question if Belgian Company Pulls Out

LCG, April 23, 2002-Belgium's Tractabel SA, skittish over the escalated Israeli-Palestinian conflict, plans to leave an Israeli natural gas pipeline project.

Tractabel, critical because of its technical abilities, intends to abandon Israel's half-billion dollar project. The company has a 60 percent stake and would build the pipeline and operate it for thirty years before yielding it over to the Israeli government. Although it has not officially bowed out, notice is expected within the next few days.

The proposed pipeline would connect the Mediterranean Sea to various inland locations.

The other shareholders, Paz Oil Ltd. and Africa Israel Investments Ltd. are seeking foreign investors and advisors to replace Tractabel.

Political conflict has always plagued Israel's attempts at creating a natural gas market. While Egypt is a logical supplier geographically speaking, the Egyptian government is loathe to strike deals because of its Palestinian ties. State-owned monopoly Israel Electric Corp. has been waiting over a year to sign a $3 billion, 10-year natural gas contract with Egypt.

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