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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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Allegheny Stock Plummets after Company Defaults

LCG, October 8, 2002-Energy company Allegheny saw its stock price drop by over fifty percent after it neglected to give an additional $60 million in collateral.

When Moody's Investors Service withdrew the company's investment-grade credit rating, banks demanded that Allegheny post supplementary collateral to trading counterparties. Allegheny may possibly offer up assets as collateral, although this practice may be legally questionable because of state regulatory agencies' policies, and banks may find energy assets unworthy because of the current state of the electricity market.

The company has not referred to specific figures but maintains that it has sufficient funds to operate. Allegheny is currently discussing the possibility of waivers and additional funding with its creditors in order to avoid seeking bankruptcy protection.

Some energy traders have bought back electricity that was sold to Allegheny in order to resell it to more credit-worthy buyers.

Shares hit a 52-week low of $3.25 and are trading at $4.15 on volume of 10.9 million shares, as compared with a daily average volume of 2.4 million and a 200-day stock price average of $30.19.

Meanwhile, the company has been pursued by those interested in a takeover; Virginia-based Dominion Resources presented two takeover offers this year, the latest being $22 to $24 per share in an all-stock agreement, but Allegheny refused. Constellation Energy Group has also expressed interest in a takeover.

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