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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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Oregon PUC Cuts Electricity Rates by $312 Million

LCG, October 31, 2002-Yesterday the Oregon Public Utilities Commission mandated that Portland General Electric lower its retail electricity rates by 12 percent.

While PGE had asked for a 10 percent rate decrease, the OPUC ruled that the utility had entered into some less than optimum contracts and should not be allowed to recover $25.2 million.

A combined total of 125 megwatts of peak capacity was bought at an average price of $85 per megawatt-hour, amounting to $14.65 million. Hydroelectric generation costs, as well as unplanned plant outages and plant depreciation, were also added into the retail rate determination.

PGE officials say the rate decrease will have a significant financial effect and contend that all contracts it made were prudent and necessary in order to maintain available supply.

PGE, a unit of Enron Corp., serves 730,000 customers in the Portland area.

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