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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LA Follows Springfield's Lead in Dropping Coal Alternative

LCG, August 26, 2004--Earlier this month, citizens in Springfield, Missouri voted down a new, coal-fired power plant near Springfield proposed by City Utilities of Springfield to meet future electricity requirements. On August 24, Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn directed Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to withdraw from the expansion of the coal-fired, Intermountain Power Plant in Utah and to pursue cleaner energy sources.

LADWP is the nation's largest municipal utility. For a number of years, plans have been underway to expand LADWP's coal investments by building a third, jointly-owned, 950 MW coal plant in Utah. LADWP's share of the $2.1 billion project would be $215 million. The mayor's directive is to immediately stop pursuing the coal plant and instead evaluate cleaner alternatives.

Under the direction of the mayor, the City Council and the Board of Water and Power Commissions, LADWP is developing a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to increase its share of power generation through renewable energy sources -- such as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass -- to 13% of its energy by 2010 and 20% by 2017. Last month LADWP issued a request for proposals (RFP) for renewable energy projects. By dropping the coal project, LADWP -- like City Utilities of Springfield -- will need to develop new plans as to how to supply its future electricity requirements.

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