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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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Senate Approves Ethanol and Energy Tax Breaks

LCG, April 24, 2002-Yesterday the United States Senate approved $14 billion in energy tax relief as a part of the larger energy bill to be voted on as soon as this week.

According to Senator Max Baucus, D-MT, the tax break package was split evenly between production and conservation.

The proposal awards renewable energy $2.3 billion in tax credits and energy efficient appliances and buildings $2.2 billion. $1.8 billion in credits would be given to alternative fuel for vehicles.

$1.9 billion would go to incentives for cleaner coal technology, and $4.4 billion in credits would be allotted to shale oil, natural gas, and coal bed methane.

The Senate also discussed ethanol as a part of yesterday's debates. While ethanol use was hotly contested by California and New York senators, the Senate passed a proposal to triple ethanol use.

Led by Senator Tom Daschle, proponents managed to convince senators to instate the use of 2.3 billion gallons of ethanol by 2004, and 5 billion gallons by 2012. U.S. consumption of ethanol last year was about 1.7 billion gallons.

According to proponents, combining corn-derived ethanol with gasoline yields a cleaner-burning fuel,can displace the hazardous and controversial MTBE, and yields less toxic carbon monoxide gas than regular fuel. Not surprisingly, the measure enjoys strong support from the agriculture industry, which produces more corn than it knows what to do with.

However, some states worry that the ethanol plan would result in gasoline shortages and increased prices because of shipping difficulties. Also, some scientists believe that burning ethanol might produce more smog during warmer months because of nitrogen oxide emissions.

Daschle insisted that states worried about inconsistent supply could apply for waivers from the new requirements.

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