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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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Mirant Restating Earnings, Mentions Bankruptcy

LCG, Nov. 8, 2002--The deregulated power developer and energy trader Mirant will file revised financial statements for the second quarter, following the discovery of what it it says are accounting errors, during an audit by its new accountant, KPMG LLP.

The company said that a filing for bankruptcy protection is a possibility, dependent on whether or not it is able to refinance its debt. It stated that its amended 10-Q filing, expected in December, will show a $220 million loss, revised from an earlier loss of $152 million. Mirant will also have re-audits of its statements from the years 2001 and 2000 conducted.

James Peters, speaking to Dow Jones Newswires, said "Mirant is confident in its business prospects. However, given the fact that we started a re-audit, it's prudent that Mirant cautions its shareholders of risks associated with the re-audit process." Bankruptcy protection would most likely be sought if payments on $4.5 billion in consolidated debt were to have to be accelerated.

As parts of KPMG's audit, it found that Mirant's marketing and risk management operations did not properly disclose the nature of the company's positions due to a lack of internal controls and poor coordination between those business units' activities and the general ledger. Mirant is installing a new trading system which it expects will minimize delays in reporting.

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