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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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Power Supply Contract Contested by CA Agency is Upheld

LCG, May 21, 2003--A contract signed by the California Department of Water Resources to buy power from Sempra Energy for 10 years is valid, the San Diego Superior Court ruled in a summary judgement.

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) signed the agreement in 2001, but later claimed that it had been given incorrect indications concerning Sempra Energy's obligations under the contract, especially concerning where and from what source power would be supplied. The state agency will be given 60 days in which to appeal the ruling once the final judgement is issued.

"We are very pleased with today's ruling and the court's confirmation that the contract provides the flexibility to supply power from either company power plants, the marketplace or any combination of sources," Donaled E. Felsinger, group president, Sempra Energy Global Enterprises, said.

In the ruling, Judge Wayne L. Peterson of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, said "The contract cannot reasonably be interpreted the way DWR has elected to interpret it." DWR threatened last year to void its $7 billion deal with Sempra in the spring of 2002, when it asserted that Sempra should make "commercially reasonable" efforts to bring a 300-megawatt power plant near Bakersfield, called Elk Hills, on line. It objected to Sempra obtaining power on the open market to satisfy the contract.

Sempra will have approximately 1,500 megawatts of new capacity on commercial status within several weeks.
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