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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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DOE to Fund Advanced NOx Control Study for Coal Plants

LCG, March 9, 2005--The Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected Reaction Engineering International (REI) for a project to evaluate REI's Advanced Layered Technology Approach to reduce NOx emissions in a more cost-effective manner. Lowering capital and operating costs of emission control systems may accelerate the emission control upgrades, reduce emissions, and improve the cost-competitiveness of aging coal plants. The project is part of NETL's Advanced NOx Emissions Control Program that supports the development of advanced technologies to control NOx emissions.

The project will evaluate the ability of the Advanced Layered Technology Approach (ALTA) to reduce NOx emissions below 0.15-lb/MBtu on a cyclone boiler by combining deep staging from overfire air, Rich Reagent Injection (RRI), and an innovative SNCR system. The tests will include firing 100% bituminous coal and bituminous/PRB coal blends. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and AmerenUE will work with REI on this project.

Relative to more traditional NOx emission control systems, such as selective catalytic reduction (SCR), the benefits of ALTA are lower capital and lifecycle costs and significantly less plant outage time. Tests to be conducted at the AmerenUE Sioux plant will also evaluate the impact on balance-of-plant issues, such as the amount of unburned carbon in the ash, slag tapping, ammonia slip, waterwall corrosion and heat distribution. The tests follow REI's previous experience at Conectiv's 136 MW BL England Unit 1 and AmerenUE's 525 MW Sioux Unit 1 where significant NOx reduction was achieved using RRI and overfire air during the test period.

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