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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Owners of Mohave Coal Plant Plan to Pull Out

LCG, June 21, 2006--Southern California Edison (SCE), the plant operator of the closed Mohave Generating Station near Laughlin, Nevada, has notified the other plant owners that it will no longer participate in activities to return the coal-fired plant to service. SCE closed the 1,580-MW plant at the end of last year, when the 35-year operating permit expired.

The facility is owned by SCE, the Salt River Project, Nevada Power Company, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and their respective ownership percentages are: 56, 20, 14 and 10 percent. With SCE's announcement, LADWP stated that its focus is to decrease its investment in coal power and that it will withdraw from the plant.

Nevada Power Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sierra Pacific Resources, stated that it is not economically feasible to continue with the plant and that it would terminate its participation in the project.

A Salt River Project spokesperson stated that, "We're not going to go it alone. If we are going to participate in the future, we would have to have new owners."

The plant receives coal via a 270-mile coal slurry line originating at the Black Mesa Coal Mine, operated by Peabody Energy Corp. In order to reopen the plant, investments expected to cost $1.1 billion are necessary for a variety of improvements, including the installation of pollution control equipment required under a 1999 consent decree. Other issues include obtaining water supplies from the Hopi and Navajo tribes.
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