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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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German Courts Uphold Injunction Against E.On Takeover

LCG, December 17, 2002-German judiciaries continue to block E.On's takeover of Ruhrgas.

E.On, Europe's second largest utility, tried to purchase the German gas company Ruhrgas earlier this year, but various other energy companies complained that the takeover is unlawful and would limit competition.

The Dusseldorf state court ruled this August that the sale had procedural flaws. Today, despite the German Economics Ministry revision of the deal, the court ruled to uphold the injunction blocking the takeover. A final ruling is due in February regarding whether or not the sale will be allowed to continue.

E.On has said it will continue to pursue the takeover with all resources available, noting that the acquisition would secure German gas supply.

Competitors to E.On believe the conditions of the sale are too permissive, and they worry that foreign competition will be forced out of Germany.

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