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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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Progress Energy Moves Ahead with Nuclear Reactors in North Carolina

LCG, February 20, 2008--Progress Energy Carolinas (Progress) yesterday announced that it will file later that day a combined construction and operating license (COL) application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to construct two more nuclear reactors at the existing Harris Nuclear Plant site in North Carolina.

By obtaining the COL, Progress would have the option to construct the nuclear reactors that would provide baseload, power generation without emitting greenhouse gases. If Progress decides to construct the new facilities, the new plant would commence operations in 2018 at the earliest.

In January 2006 Progress announced it had selected Westinghouse to supply the reactors for the expansion at Harris Nuclear Plant in the Carolinas. Progress Florida announced in July 2006 that it had selected Westinghouse for proposed new reactors in Florida that would be constructed near its existing Crystal River Energy Complex. Progress Florida plans to file a needs case with the Florida Public Service Commission in early 2008. With timely regulatory approvals, Progress estimates that the new reactors in Florida could commence operations by 2016 to 2017.

The Westinghouse reactor is the AP1000, an 1,100 MW reactor design that incorporates passive safety features that rely upon natural forces. The NRC approved the Design Certification for the AP1000 standard nuclear plant design on December 30, 2005.

The AP1000 has been selected other companies, including: Southern Company, Duke, SCANA and Santee Cooper as the basis for additional COL applications to construct new nuclear reactors. Last December Duke submitted a COL application to the NRC for the William States Lee III Nuclear Station, which would be built at a greenfield site in South Carolina. Duke's COL application relies upon the COL application submitted October 31, 2007 to the NRC by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and NuStart Energy, a consortium of nuclear energy companies, to build two nuclear reactors at TVA's Bellefonte site in northern Alabama.
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