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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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California PUC Approves SCE's Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project

LCG, December 18, 2009--The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) yesterday approved Southern California Edison's (SCE) application to install electric transmission facilities designed to allow more wind power to be developed in southern and central California. The newly approved project includes approximately 250 miles of new and upgraded transmission facilities and substations.

SCE's application is for segments 4-11 of the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP). Construction has commenced on the first three segments of the TRTP, which includes new lines and upgrades to move wind power from the remote Tehachapi region north of Los Angeles to California's load centers. Once all phases are complete, the TRTP transmission lines will enable 4,500 MW of wind power and other generation to be delivered to load centers.

An SCE spokesperson stated, "This important CPUC decision will enable SCE to tap into additional supplies of clean wind energy to help improve the environment and reduce dependence on foreign sources of energy....TRTP not only would facilitate the interconnection of new wind generation, but also will improve grid reliability to help meet the state's growing demand for electricity from renewable resources."

Construction on the newly approved segments of the TRTP are scheduled to commence next year, given necessary approval from federal land agencies. The project is scheduled for completion in 2014.
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