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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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PG&E Offers Local Governments Chance for Boosted Revenue

LCG, Dec. 18, 2002--Cities and counties who respond to a proposed agreement by utility Pacific Gas & Electric could receive more in fees from utility-service contracts, but many are waiting before signing on.

The bankrupt PG&E's proposed reorganization plan would mean that both transmission lines and gas pipelines would be sold to companies called GTrans and ETRans. Those companies would need to sign franchise agreements with the cities they serve, which would mark the first time these contracts have undergone any disruption in 65 years. PG&E has offered cities what it says could amount to 20 to 25 percent increases in the amount of franchise fees they are paid.

The League of California Cities has told municipalities that before signing, they should not simply agree to terms which are essentially locked in for the foreseeable future. Cities, the League says, should negotiate to be able to rewrite the agreements based on changing conditions after several years. "In any contract, it's bad if it continues to go on forever with no opportunity to (reflect) changes in the economy and in technology," Frances Medema, who studies policy at the League of California Cities, told the Sacramento Bee.

While Alan Tandy of Bakersfield considered PG&E's offer to be "a polite request," not a high-pressure way to make things easier should its reorganization plan be accepted, the League of California Cities hopes to negotiate on behalf of cities before they rush to sign. A large number of cities have not yet signed, in case the revenue from fees could be even higher than suggested, and made open to future negotiations. The yearly franchise fees, which are paid by companies allowed to provide a service, range from less than $100,000 for smaller towns to around $846,000 for Sacramento.
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