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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Springfield Citizens Vote Down New Power Plant

LCG, August 4, 2004--In an unusual set-back for a municipal power provider, voters in Springfield, Missouri yesterday voted down a new, coal-fired power plant proposed by City Utilities of Springfield (CU). The 300-MW plant was estimated to cost $578.5 million and was proposed to meet Springfield's growing demands for power, which CU officials forecast will exceed CU's supplies by 2007 or 2008.

The vote was 19,587 for and 21,073 against the plant, with all Greene County precincts reporting. Voters were deciding whether to accept a 16 percent electric rate increase spread over four years to help pay for the new, Southwest 2 plant. Door-to-door campaigning was heavy, with labor union members and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce supporting the plant. Opponents of the proposed plant included Rate Payers for Affordable Utilities, who questioned the need. CU was not allowed to campaign directly.

With the proposed plant rejected, CU will need to develop a new plan acceptable to its citizens to serve the growing power demands of the area.

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