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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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Ontario Utility Remains in Public Control

LCG, June 13, 2002--Ontario's Premier Ernie Eves yesterday stoped what was to be the largest initial public offering in Canadian history, saying that the sale of a minority stake in the province's utility Hydro One would still be considered.

Political and public opposition to the IPO had grown increasingly untenable for Eves and his Conservative government, with polls indicating 70% of the public being against privatization. The idea of privatizing Hydro One was first supported in December by now-retired Premier Mike Harris. A surprise ruling by the Ontario Superior Court in April found that there was no legal basis for such a sale. Wholesale electricity markets were deregulated in Ontario in May.

Eves maintained that he will still consider the privatization of up to 49 percent of the utility, saying "We still believe that there are ways to bring private-sector discipline to the corporation." Following the resignations of each of 12 board members last week after Eves announced an impending review of their salaries, the new board is made up of a broad spectrum of political leaders.
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