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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Tentative Agreement Reached to Restart Bruce Power Nuclear Units

LCG, March 22, 2005--The Ontario Energy Minister announced yesterday that a tentative agreement has been reached with Bruce Power to restart Units 1 and 2 at the Bruce A nuclear generating station in Kincardine. The agreement has been approved in principle by the boards of directors of the major partners of Bruce Power and is now under review by the Ontario government. The government had issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in June 2004 for 2,500 MW of new generation and/or conservation in Ontario.

The two nuclear units commenced operations in 1977 and were shut down in 1995 and 1997 by the prior owner, Ontario Power Generation (OPG). The current owner, Bruce Power, is a partnership among Cameco Corporation (31.6%), Transcanada Corporation (31.6%), BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust (31.6%), the Power Workers Union (4%) and the Society of Energy Professionals (1.2%). Bruce Power leases the Bruce A and B nuclear generating stations from OPG under a long-term agreement. Bruce Power previously restarted Units 3 and 4 at Bruce A in the fourth quarter of 2003, following a facility review and related modifications. Each of the four units at Bruce A have a capacity of approximately 750 MW.

The reactivation of Units 1 and 2 will act to somewhat compensate for the provincial government's planned closure of 7,600 MW of coal-fired, power generating capacity by 2008 in order to reduce air emissions. The first coal-fired station to be shutdown will be the Lakeview Generating Station, which is scheduled to occur by the end of April. The Lakeview station is located on the shores of Lake Ontario, about 15 miles southwest of Toronto. Prior to the shutdown of the 1,140-MW power station, Hydro One is to complete electric transmission system upgrades that allow for greater use of other power sources in place of the Lakeview Station. Both OPC and Hydro One are owned by the Province of Ontario.

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