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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 Sees No Legal Justification for FERC Ruling

LCG, July 25, 2003--A ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that required NRG Energy to continue honoring a contract with Connecticut Light & Power seems to give insufficient recognition to other outstanding claims of the company as it attempts to restructure in bankruptcy, the company's lawyers told the agency.

FERC this week said that an explanation should be given for how the generating units would continue to operate if the company's bankruptcy led to its assets being liquidated. NRG stated in a letter that "the continued operation of NRG's generating assets, including those located in the Northeast, is among the highest corporate priorities," and that it is in continued communication with the Connecticut attorney general and CL&P. The attorneys questioned the requirement that an assurance that the units would continue to run, regardless of liquidation, should be provided.

At the same time, citing the danger that liquidation would be forced upon it, NRG said it had "an obligation to itself and its creditors to exhaust every possibility to shed the (CL&P contract) in accordance with the Bankruptcy Code." According to the company, it is losing $500,000 per day because of the costly contract.
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