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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B&W and TVA Purse New Nuclear Reactor Design

LCG, June 11, 2009--The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) announced yesterday its plans to develop a new, scalable nuclear reactor. B&W has notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that it intends to submit an application for design certification of the B&W mPower reactor in 2011.

B&W received a Letter of Intent from Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to start evaluating sites to identify a potential lead plant site. B&W, TVA and a consortium of regional municipal and cooperative utilities executed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the construction of a fleet of B&W mPower reactors to meet the consortium's need to diversify its power generation assets.

The mPower reactor design is a passively safe Advanced Light Water Reactor (ALWR) that includes an underground containment design to accommodate storage of used fuel for the planned 60-year life of the reactor. The design is scalable in power increments of 125 MW and provides for a five-year operating cycle without refueling.

B&W create a new business unit, B&W Modular Nuclear Energy, LLC, to lead the development of mPower reactor projects. The reactor will be manufactured at existing B&W facilities in North America.
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