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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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Court Rules Against SWEPCO's Coal-fired Power Project in Arkansas

LCG, June 25, 2009--The Arkansas Court of Appeals yesterday ruled in favor of local landowners that the Arkansas Public Service Commission?s review of Southwestern Electric Power Company's (SWEPCO) proposed John W. Turk Jr. coal-fired power plant was inadequate. Construction on the project began late last year.

Landowners appealed a November 2007 decision by the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) to grant a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (CECPN) to construct the plant.

The ruling leaves SWEPCO with the option to request the state Supreme Court to review the Court of Appeals? decision or to reapply for a certificate, with new hearings as well. A SWEPCO spokesperson stated that the company was reviewing the ruling and did not immediately know what its next step would be.

SWEPCO also has customers in Louisiana and Texas. In March 2008, the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) unanimously approved SWEPCO's request to build the plant, including a requirement for SWEPCO to prepare and submit a study that identifies potential, cost-effective energy efficiency and load management programs for SWEPCO's Louisiana customers. The Public Utility Commission of Texas approved the proposal in July 2008, rejecting a recommendation from an administrative law judge (ALJ).
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