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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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FPL Pursues More Gas-fired Power Generation in Florida

LCG, December 7, 2007--Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) yesterday announced plans to add power generation capacity in 2011 to meet the growing demand for electricity in Florida.

FPL stated that it will either install a third, natural gas-fired, power generation unit at its existing West County Energy Center in Palm Beach County or purchase power from another entity. The new unit would add approximately 1,250 MW to the station, where FPL is now building two units that are scheduled to commence operation in 2009 and 2010.

To explore and evaluate the ability of third-parties to supply future firm energy and capacity requirements, FPL will today issue a "request for proposals" (RFP) notice to solicit proposals, with power deliveries commencing in the period from June 2011 through June 2012.

The ability of Florida utilities to provide adequate supply to consumers in the state in the next decade is becoming a concern. This year, the State's interest to develop fuel diversity by the addition of coal-fired generation has evaporated. Since taking office in January 2007, Florida Governor Charlie Crist has raised concerns regarding the threat of climate change and the use of fossil fuels, specifically coal.

This year, utility plans to construct approximately 4,400 MW of new, coal-fired generation that would deliver power to the grid by 2014 have been blocked or shelved. Last month, for example, Southern Company announced that construction of an advanced, coal-fired power plant employing integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology was halted in Florida. According to Southern Company, the decision was driven by continuing uncertainty surrounding potential state regulations relating to greenhouse gas emissions.

Southern's canceled plans follow the path of other coal-fired projects in Florida. In June, the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) reached a decision to not approve the two, 980-MW, coal-fired plants proposed by FPL in Glades County.

In July, a group of community-owned, power entities (Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), JEA, Reedy Creek Improvement District, and the City of Tallahassee) suspended permitting activities for the Taylor Energy Center, an 800-MW, coal-fired power plant to have been built in Taylor County, Florida. Tampa Electric, the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, also announced in July that it will cancel plans to construct the proposed 632-MW, coal-fired Polk Unit 6 in Florida.

In August, a 750-MW, coal-fired plant proposed by Seminole Electric Cooperative and approved by the FPSC was denied a site certification by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

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