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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Florida Power Selects 'Self-Build' for Next Hines Unit

LCG, June 7, 2002--After Florida Power reviewed proposals from seven companies and its own proposal for building 540 megawatts of new generation, the utility selected its merchant energy unit's bid.

The new construction, which would need to meet the test of demonstrated need according to the Florida Public Service Commission, would add capacity in December 2005, if project plans are followed.

Bill Habermeyer, president and CEO of Florida Power, said, "Florida Power is committed to providing an ample supply of reliable energy to our customers at the lowest possible cost. As part of Progress Energy, we are part of one of the largest generators of electricity in the U.S., and building low-cost and efficient power plants is something we do very well."

A group of merchant energy companies that have bid on such projects, including this one, had complained that Florida Power and Florida Power & Light, the other large utility in Florida, have yet to select bidders other than themselves for new generation projects. In May, the Public Service Commission voted to examine the bidding process for energy projects.

The first combined-cycle unit to begin operating at the Hines Energy Complex in Polk County came on line in 1999. A second is now underway, and should be completed by 2003, according to the company.
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