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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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Heat Leads to ISO Alert for California

LCG, May 30, 2003--Power demand in California surpassed forecasts easily on Wednesday, due to high temperatures that required an estimated weather-related 3,800 megawatts over expected load, and another 700 megawatts more because of forecast error and a lack of conservation.

The Independent System Operator, which operates the state's power grid, issued a Stage 1 power alert lasting from 3 P.M. to 6 P.M. A Stage 1 emergency is called when generation reserves drop below 7 percent. Power consumers are asked to cut back on use of heavy appliances at such times, although air conditioners were active in both Northern and Southern California.

Jim McIntosh, the head of grid operations, was quoted in the Sacramento Bee: "I don't think we saw much of any conservation yesterday." The approaching summer is expected to be warmer than usual, and could be marked by frequent alerts if conservation is minor, or if the demand patterns signal permanent underlying load growth, not just the effects of Wednesday's sudden bout of warm weather.
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