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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Industry News

Enron Seeks Monopoly Exemption for Portland Utility

LCG, Oct. 7, 2002--Bankrupt Enron Corp., which owns the utility Portland General Electric (PGE) in the state of Oregon, has sought to have the utility made exempt from decades-old Public Utility Holding Company Act legislation barring monopolies.

Companies that conduct business in a single state may apply for such an exemption. A hearing will be conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission on whether PGE meets this requirement.

One area to be examined is Portland General's 20-percent ownership of the Pacific Northwest Intertie, across which power flows between Oregon and California. The agency will try to determine how much revenue PGE earns from power deliveries at the Mid-Columbia trading hub.

Enron has put the utility up for sale, and a deadline for bids is set for November.
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