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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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Bruce Power Nuclear Units Near Restart This Month

LCG, Apr. 4, 2003--Regulators stated today that Bruce Power's nuclear generating units 3 and 4 at the Bruce A plant in Ontario may start operations this month after having been taken offline in 1998.

"Today's decision gives additional impetus to our program to rtestart the first Bruce A reactor before the end of April so it can provide electricity to the Ontario grid well in advance of the summer peak," said Duncan Hawthorne, president and chief executive of Bruce Power, in a statement. Regulators allowed the Ontario-based plant to begin refueling the units beginning in January, in time for an April start-up.

The ability of Bruce Power to maintain and prepare the units was briefly threatened in the fall of 2002 due to liquidity problems within British Energy, then a major shareholder. Now, Bruce Power is part of a joint venture between Cameco Corp., a miner of uranium, TransCanada Pipelines, and a trust that is part of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. Starting the units is seen by the Independent Electricity Market Operator as a positive development for reliability, and should mean that it will not have to purchase expensive imports during the summer as it did last year.
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