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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San Francisco Offered Peaking Turbines

LCG, DEc. 16, 2002--As part of a settlement between California and Williams Energy Cos. on multi-billion-dollar energy contracts, San Francisco has the option to finance construction of four gas turbines, which would be provided at no cost by the energy company.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote today on whether to accept the turbines, which would be delivered along with $12 million out of $147 million being paid by Williams Energy to California as part of the settlement. If the turbines operate within the city, the Department of Water Resources would purchase their output under a 10-year contract, after which the city would be able to operate the plants as it needs.

The capacity of the units, which are peaking turbines, is a total of 200 megawatts, compared to the 163-megawatt Hunters Point plant owned by PG&E. Mayor Willie Brown, environmentalists and residents within the Hunters Point district have called for Hunters Point being shut down, due to its being a source of pollution. The city receives much of its electric power from plants not on the peninsula, with transmission lines delivering power through San Mateo County. Roughly 30 percent of San Francisco's usage depends on Hunters Point and the Potrero Hill plant, owned by Mirant.

A federal deadline of Jan. 1, 2005 for new clean air standards to take effect may necessitate a retrofit of Hunters Point, if it is not shut down at that time. The turbines being proposed would reportedly produce 16 times less ozone-creating pollution than Hunters Point.
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