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

TransAlta to Acquire Wind Developer

LCG, Oct. 28, 2001--Vision Quest Windelectric Inc., a Calgary-based owner and operator of wind turbine power plants, will be acquired by TransAlta Corp., possibly by the end of the year.

The current wind turbine portfolio of Vision Quest has a total maximum capacity of 44 megawatts. It would become an independently operated unit within TransAlta, which already has an investment in the company.

TransAlta, an unregulated power generator and marketer, plans to acquire Vision Quest's C$32 million debt, and will conduct due diligence and await regulatory approval on the deal. It intends to generate over 10% of its power output from renewable sources as part of a long-term strategy.
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