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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FERC Approves AES Sparrows Point LNG Terminal

LCG, January 16, 2009--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) yesterday approved the proposed Sparrows Point LNG (liquefied natural gas) Terminal, together with the connecting interstate pipeline designed to receive and deliver 1.5 Bcf/day of natural gas to Northeast and Mid-Atlantic energy markets. The LNG terminal and pipeline are proposed by subsidiaries of The AES Corporation.

The site for the proposed LNG terminal is at Sparrows Point, southeast of Baltimore in Baltimore County, Maryland. LNG tankers will deliver liquefied natural gas to the terminal, where there will be storage capacity of up to 480,000 cubic meters of LNG. The gas will be vaporized at the terminal and transported via pipeline to the natural gas transportation network for use throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast energy markets.

The Mid-Atlantic Express pipeline project will extend in a northeasterly direction approximately 88 miles and will use 30-inch diameter pipe. The route will follow existing utility and/or roadway rights-of-way to the maximum extent practicable.

The FERC voted 4-1 to approve the project, and the approval includes 169 conditions that will protect public safety and mitigate any adverse environmental impact.

The project was approved over opposition from Maryland's congressional delegation, which requested the decision be delayed until the President-elect takes office. Stated concerns included that the LNG facility would pose a security risk and threaten endangered Chesapeake Bay species.
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