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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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NRG Files Chapter 11

LCG, May 15, 2003-Yesterday, Xcel Energy Inc. unit NRG Energy Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

NRG filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York; the company plans to continue regular operations while undergoing restructuring.

NRG has $9.23 billion in debt. Its reorganization plan involves a $752 million debt restructuring settlement with creditors, and it expects to emerge from bankruptcy by year's end. The company will no longer be included in Xcel's financial statements.

Leonard LoBiondo of Kroll Zolfo Cooper LLC will assume responsibility as chief restructuring officer, and John Boken, also from Kroll Zolfo Cooper, will be interim president and chief operating officer.

On Wednesday, shares of Xcel increased by 20 cents or 1.4 percent on the New York Stock Exchange.

Xcel Energy is based in Minneapolis and controls utilities in Colorado, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and some of the Southwest.

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