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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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Ethanol Requirements are Sticking Point in Energy Legislaton

LCG, Oct. 20, 2003--A comprehensive national energy bill could be submitted for voting next week, but meanwhile, Republican House and Senate leaders are working to resolve differences that include questions on treatment of ethanol, the corn-based fuel.

A doubling in the share of ethanol as a percentage of overall fuel consumption is possible, although some legislators disagree on how much choice states should have on the amount of ethanol they might be required to purchase. Tax incentives of approximately $18 billion are a key part of the bill, which would promote new power plants, as well as research into fuels.

While Democrats have said that Republicans have generally not included them in negotiations, regional distinctions are clear on some issues among Republicans. Southern and Western representatives are less inclined go forth with de-centralizing large utilities. No consensus has emerged on where funds for upgrading strained transmission infrastructure should come from. If the bill is not completed by next week, negotiations may last through January of next year.
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