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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Illinois Instates Two Year Rate Freeze

LCG, June 11, 2002--A two-year rate freeze was signed into law after passing through both Illinois congressional houses.

On Thursday, Illinois governor George Ryan signed the bill, which is intended to protect electricity consumers from high prices in the nascent wholesale electricity market. The rate freeze, which was already in place, will continue through 2006.

Some criticism has arisen regarding utilities profiting from the freeze due to low wholesale prices. The Illinois Commerce Commission reported that Commonwealth Edison Company, a utility which serves 3.4 million Illinoisans, might reap some $2 billion from the rate freeze extension, although the ICC asserted no official stance on the legislation. ComEd spokespeople assert that the freeze will do what it is intended to, meaning benefit consumers.

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