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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FERC Suggests Outages Be Certified

LCG, Oct. 2, 2002--In light of continuing debate concerning last year's Western energy crisis and continuing concerns over true reserves or shortfalls in available generating capacity, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is considering whether plant and transmission outages might be certified whenever they can be justified.

William Hederman, in charge of market investigations for the agency, disclosed that such a policy could limit disagreement over generators' market participation in the distant past. FERC chairman Pat Wood III said to reporters that "I think certainly it would avoid a lot of the way-after-the-fact accusations to kind of have the ability to get a blessing up front that this one was kosher. I think that that ought to be available to parties that want that."

The proposal is not a part of the current set of proposed market rules known as "standard market design," but according to Hederman, it has received positive responses from those who have heard the idea.
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