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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Florida PSC Approves Agreement for New Biomass Plant in Florida

LCG, August 17, 2006--The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) approved on Tuesday a petition for Progress Energy Florida (Progress) to buy energy produced by the Florida Biomass Energy Group, LLC (Florida Biomass) at a proposed 116-MW biomass plant located near Lake Okeechobee. The plant is scheduled to commence operations no later than December 2009.

The Florida PSC recently certified Florida Biomass as a qualifying facility (QF) based on the exclusive use of renewable energy, after start-up, for the proposed electric generation.

The renewable fuel for the proposed plant is a bamboo-like grass known as E-grass. The energy crop would be harvested at the 15,000 acre site and processed into a liquid fuel using a pyrolysis process. The plant will use combustion turbine-combined cycle technology, and the thermal fuel input will include combustible exhaust gases from the pyrolysis process.

When the negotiated contract was compared to a gas-fired, combined cycle alternative, Progress estimated the capacity and energy payments over the 25-year term of the negotiated contract would produce a savings of $39 million net present value to Progress's ratepayers. The majority of such savings are based on fuel costs.

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