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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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Petroleum Reserve Purchases Should Be Put on Hold, Senate Resolution States

LCG, Mar. 15, 2004--High gasoline prices have prompted a number of Senators to advocate that further purchases of oil for the purpose of adding to the national Strategic Petroleum Reserve be put on hold, a step that the Bush administration has resisted taking.

Similar calls were made by former Vice President Gore when he campaigned against then-Governor Bush for the presidency, although he had earlier called such use of the Reserve vulnerable to further supply cuts by foreign oil producers. At the time, Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan advised that a Gore proposal to allow purchases from the Reserve by domestic oil companies was not a good use of the SPR, which was created following the oil embargo of the 1970's.

Just as he was during the presidential campaign, President Bush has remained opposed to lowering the requirements for holdings of oil in the Reserve, and his administration has no plans for putting purchases on hold. Currently, the level of the reserve, made up of crude oil stored among four sites in Texas and Louisiana, stands at 643 million barrels, out of a possible 700 million barrels at its maximum possible level.

A nonbinding resolution passed by the Senate would prevent the federal government from making purchases until October 2005. Top House Republicans are reportedly opposed to the measure. The Department of Energy has stated the the reserve "should be used only for protection against oil supply disruptions, not to manipulate price." Its sponsors, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Me., and Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., have said that allowing oil to enter the marketplace rather than being added to the SPR could bring gasoline prices down by 10 to 25 cents per gallon.

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