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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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FERC Finds Entergy Bidding Process Not Competitive

LCG, Mar. 22, 2004--The results of bidding by generators to gain access to utility Entergy Corp.'s transmission system showed undue consideration for affiliates, analysts with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission testified last week.

Entergy gave 76 percent of network transmission capacity to entities with which it had no corporate ties, and 20 percent to affiliates, according to filings it made with the agency. A spokesman for Entergy told Reuters that an independent analyst oversaw the manner in which bids were awarded. Generators including Calpine Corp., TECO Energy and Tractebel Energy Marketing have asserted that Entergy did not treat all bids fairly.

FERC's James Ballard wrote that Entergy Services Inc., the subsidiary handling the bids, "did not adequately analyze the ... bids with respect to transmission system impacts and their related cost implications." Sabine Joe, the other analyst who testified, said she believe Entergy had "committed affiliate abuse."

The agency began investigating last year, due to questions about affiliate transactions and competition. FERC Judge Brenner will preside at a formal hearing on June 15.
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