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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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Rule Issued on Connecting Generators to Transmission Grid

LCG, July 23, 2003--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission intends to minimize the effort spent on negotiations between transmission providers and generators, with the issuance of a final rule specifying what costs are to be paid by either party when a generator with capacity of at least 20 megawatts is connected to the transmission system.

A generator owner connecting to transmission operated by a company that is not independent will need to pay for costs on the generation side of the transmission infrastructure. Upgrades to the transmission side during the would also be paid by the generator owner, although the payments could be refunded by the transmission provider.

Existing interconnection agreements will be maintained as they are currently. Regional transmission organizations will have some flexibility, and could engage in what is called participant funding for the first year of the rule being issued. A rule covering generators below 20 megawatts will be issued shortly, FERC has said.
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