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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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Peru Does Not Charge Belgian Energy Co. With Corruption

LCG, June 19, 2002--Belgian energy company Tractabel, which is a unit of French company Suez, says it is not being investigated for participating in corruption in Peru.

Earlier today the Dow Jones reported that Tractabel was charged with bribing former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori; a Tractabel spokesman reportedly said it amounted to $10 million worth of monetary encouragement since 1996.

Later today, Tractebel said that, in fact, the company faced no such charges in Peru or anywhere else.

A spokesman from the company reportedly said that Tractebel had always denied this charge. The company also denies that a witness reportedly sought in the alleged investigation, Pierre Bocquet, ever worked for Tractebel in Latin America.

This very contentious charge, alleging corruption in Peru, comes directly after Tractabel bid successfully for Peruvian energy companies Egasa and Egesur.

The sale of state-owned assets led to a pitched political battle, and protests over the weekend promped the cancellation of flights when protestors walked onto runways. Riots in Arequipa induced the government to announce a state of emergency. Many Peruvians fear that money from sales will be spent foolishly.

The former president meanwhile faces charges of abandoning office and embezzlement; Alberto Fujimori has been living in Japan since 2000, when the Peruvian government collapsed.

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