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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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SCANA and Santee Cooper Select Site and Vendor for New Nuclear Plant

LCG, February 10, 2006--Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G) announced today that they have selected the jointly-owned, V.C. Summer Nuclear Station site near Jenkinsville, South Carolina as the preferred site to build new, nuclear generating facilities to serve the growing needs of their customers. The companies also announced the selection of Westinghouse Electric Company's AP1000 pressurized water reactor technology.

Santee Cooper, a state-owned utility, and SCE&G, a subsidiary of SCANA Corporation, jointly own the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, which began operation in 1982 and has an existing capacity of 1,000 MW. The companies announced in August 2005 plans to extend their existing nuclear generation joint ownership arrangement to study the construction of a new nuclear generation facility. In December, the companies filed a letter of intent with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regarding their plans to to submit a joint application for a combined construction and operating license (COL) for a new nuclear plant.

The COL application will incorporate plans to construct two, 1,100-MW reactors. Work on developing the application is underway and is scheduled to be submitted to the NRC in the third quarter of 2007. The companies estimate that, given favorable regulatory approvals and market conditions, construction could begin in 2010, with operations commencing in 2015. SCE&G and Santee Cooper would share ownership and plant output, with SCE&G operating the plant.

The NRC approved the Design Certification for the Westinghouse AP1000 standard nuclear plant design on December 30, 2005. The AP1000 reactor incorporates passive safety features that rely upon natural forces and has an electric generating capacity of approximately 1,100 MW. Since receiving NRC approval, the AP1000 has been selected by Duke Power, Southern Company, and Progress Carolinas as the basis for plans to prepare COL applications to construct new nuclear reactors.

NuStart Energy Development, LLC, a consortium formed to support the development of new nuclear reactors, plans to use the AP1000 in its application to the NRC for a COL at the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant (owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority) near Scottsboro, Alabama. NuStart also plans to prepare and submit an application incorporating the the General Electric (GE) Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station (owned by Entergy Nuclear) in Port Gibson, Mississippi.

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