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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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Federal Prosecution of Reliant May Be Near

LCG, Mar. 9, 2004--Federal prosecutors have notified Reliant Energy that an investigation into behavior by subsidiary Reliant Energy Services' traders and employees could lead to criminal indictments, the company has said.

Regulators with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reached a settlement worth $13.8 million with Reliant over the apparent exercise of market power in Southern California power markets in June 2000, where Reliant Energy Services, now called Reliant Resources Inc., owns power plants. The settlement ended the agency's investigation. Transcripts of conversations between traders with the company were released by FERC, due to the clearly expressed intent to boost prices by deliberately withholding power from the market.

Reliant said that it would argue against any charges brought against it. According to the University of California Energy Institute's Severin Borenstein, who was quoted in the Sacramento Bee, "Frankly, I think they will have a hard time getting very far. I'm not aware of any criminal laws covered by what Reliant did, though I believe they certainly are guilty of exercising market power and driving up prices."

The San Francisco office of the U.S. attorney did not provide comment, as its investigation is pending.
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