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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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Nevada Power Seeks 15.25 Percent Return on Moapa Project

LCG, August 6, 2004--Nevada Power's recently proposed purchase of the partially completed Moapa Power Plant from Duke Energy Corporation includes a proposal to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) to allow a 15.25 percent return on equity. Earlier this year, the PUC set the allowable rate of return for Nevada Power at up to 10.25 percent. The total cost of the Project is estimated at $558 million, including the $182 million payment to Duke. The purchase is subject to approval by the PUCN, with operations targeted for June 2006.

Nevada Power, a wholly owned utility of Sierra Pacific Resources, recently filed an amended Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) with the PUCN to incorporate the Moapa Project. On Wednesday, participants in the case filed written testimony with the PUCN. The Bureau of Consumer Protection, the Southern Nevada Water Authority and PUC staff members supported the purchase but requested the PUC reject or modify the 5 percentage point incentive increase proposed by Nevada Power for the return on equity associated with the new plant. The PUC staff recommended reducing the return from 15.25 percent to 13.25 percent. The hearings on the Moapa Project are scheduled on August 25, 2004.

The Moapa Project is located about 20 miles northeast of Las Vegas in the Moapa Valley. The natural gas-fired project consists of two, 600 MW combined cycle plants. The plant is roughly 50% complete, with the gas and steam units already set on their foundations. Nevada Power plans to complete the contruction. The plant will connect to the Kern River Pipeline, and Nevada Power plans to pursue pipeline capacity through Kern River's open season planned for later this year.

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