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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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UK Regulator Takes Measures to Avoid Blackouts

LCG, Nov. 22, 2002--Power prices have been dropping in the United Kingdom, leading power suppliers to shut down generating units, to the point where the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ogfem) has assisted in negotiations between the largest power plant and the power transmission system.

The actions taken by Ogfem, covering a five-day period, come on the heels of TXU Europe's filing for bankruptcy this week. Losses by TXU Europe and a frail British Energy have led some to claim that despite appearances of a supply glut of 30% above highest anticipated demand, reliability of the country's power supply may be less than simple numbers would indicate. Ogfem has been saying that power prices are low because there are too many generators.

Wholesale power markets have been deregulated for the past year, but retail prices are not capped as they have been in California. One source quoted by Dow Jones Newswires thought that the measures taken by Ogfem were political. "No one, at this particular time, wanted to see the grid forcing (companies) to stop using electricity because supplies were low," the source said.

Peter Atherton, an analyst with Salomon Smith Barney, said "Yes, there may be less readily available supply than some people would think based on the figures, but the system is still flexible enough to handle any major outages even when reserves appear low."
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