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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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Wyoming Coal-bed Methane Leases Ruled Illegal

LCG, April 30, 2002--In response to allegations by environmental groups, a panel from the Department of the Interior ruled that leases on Wyoming's Powder River Basin were issued illegally.

Prior to the ruling, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had allowed the issuance of leases for 2,500 acres, but the panel found that the BLM had used outdated environmental studies in assessing the land and therefore issued the leases illegally.

The decision has worried parties considering coal-bed development, namely in western states where public land might be used.

This reversal comes as a snub to President Bush's energy plans. Bush has encouraged exploration throughout the country and specifically coal-bed mining in the Rockies in an attempt to minimize U.S. foreign fuel dependency.

Environmental groups Wyoming Outdoor Council and Powder River Basin Resource Council instigated the lease reevaluation. Wyoming BLM is still considering its response to the decision.

Coal-bed methane provides a new source for natural gas. The method involves pumping groundwater to alleviate pressure and release methane gas from coal seams. Coal-bed mining in the Powder River Basin has yielded about 10,000 wells so far, with a projected 40,000 to come into service over a few years' time.

The Federal government leases public land to allow industry to develop mineral resources. The Bureau of Land Management handles 700 million acres of mineral land.

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