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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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Australia Will Not Ratify Kyoto Because of Coal

LCG, June 5, 2002--Australia, as the world's largest producer of coal, will not ratify the Kyoto protocol because it says it needs to protect its coal industry.

Japan ratified the Kyoto Protocol on Tuesday, and although Australia signed the treaty in February, the country refused to ratify it today.

About 50 countries support the 1997 treaty, which is an attempt to limit emissions which increasingly compelling evidence suggests are responsible for global climate change. Industrialized nations would have to limit emissions by an average of five percent by 2012 from those of 1990.

Australia was given the right to increase its emissions by 8 percent under Kyoto but still faces a lot of pressure from the mining and other coal-related industries and worries that it will hurt employment and its economy by signing the treaty.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard also asserted that Kyoto would not work so long as developing nations and the United States, the world's biggest polluter, were not included in the treaty.

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