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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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California PUC to Consider Power Rate Reduction

LCG, May 13, 2003--Modified "revenue requirements" at the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), requirements stemming from past power purchases, could mean that the California Public Utilities Commission will decide to put in effect a rate reduction for power customers of the three largest California utilities.

The DWR would continue to receive payments from the utilities - Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric - in order to repay the agency for purchases which ended at the end of 2002. Gov. Gray Davis was to announce the possible rate cut this afternoon, and will press the PUC to implement a rate cut as soon as possible.

The commissioner Carl Wood said that the reduction is "doable by the end of the year if it's justified. A reduction would be very welcome."

Mindy Spatt, spokeswoman for The Utility Reform Network, said "We will take any reduction we can get because consumers are paying very inflated rates." Rate cuts for each of the three utilities' customers are under consideration. A rate increase of up to 40 percent in some cases was put in place in 2001, following rapid deterioration in the financial health of the utilities as power prices spiked in 2000 and 2001.
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