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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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Canadians Clash Over Alberta Power

LCG, April 24, 2002-Power generators and consumers began a six-week hearing this week in Calgary over the congestion management of Alberta's transmission grid.

Alberta's transmission authority, ESBI Alberta, manages 20,000 kilometers of transmission. Expanding the aging system to meet future generation needs is estimated to cost somewhere between half a billion and one billion Canadian dollars ($319 to $638 million).

Generators and consumers, northerners and southerners must find some medium by which to operate the Alberta grid.

Large companies like TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. and TransAlta Corp. will contest ESBI's proposals, which include retaining a "postage stamp" approach to increasing production and applying transmission fees to support exports. Postage stamp fees essentially set a standard price on transmission transactions regardless of distance or path of the transaction.

Some participants contend that generators may benefit from export revenues gained from expansion, which would be paid for by customers. According to the Dow Jones, Optimum Energy Management Inc.'s Dale Hildebrand asserted, "If you believe in the market, let the market decide. Don't roll costs in to give one generator a competitive advantage over another generator."

According to the consulting firm, lower cost generation in northern Alberta will most likely profit from rolled-in costs over southern generation because Alberta's main export line is in the south and transmission is limited in the north-south power corridor.

Although Optimum Energy believes an agreement can be reached, an intervener noted, "Organizing the schedule is like herding cats, or better said, lions and Siberian tigers."

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