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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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ITC Great Plains Receives Siting Approval for Phase II of KETA Project

LCG, July 2, 2010--The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) on June 30 granted the siting permit and approved the 85-mile, 345-kV electric transmission line proposed by ITC Great Plains, LLC for Phase II of the KETA project. The project is designed to improve the reliability of the regional grid and increase transmission capacity to export wind power from Kansas.

The 345-kV KETA (Kansas Electric Transmission Authority) Project will extend approximately 225 miles from Spearville, Kansas north to Axtell, Nebraska and will be built in three phases: Spearville to the Post Rock substation near Hays; Post Rock to the Kansas-Nebraska border; and from the Kansas-Nebraska border to Axtell. ITC Great Plains will build the first two segments, from Spearville to the Nebraska border. The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) will build the third, 51-mile segment, from the Kansas-Nebraska border north to Axtell, where it will interconnect with an NPPD substation.

The Phase I, 89-mile route from Spearville to Hays was approved by the KCC in July 2009.

ITC Great Plains filed its Application for Phase II on March 2, 2010.

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) endorsed addition of the KETA Project to the SPP Transmission Expansion Plan (STEP) as an approved, technically viable, economic upgrade. By virtue of the proposed line being approved as part of the SPP balanced portfolio, this line will be funded on a regional basis under the SPP Open Access Transmission Tariff and will be included in the regional postage stamp cost allocation methodology that allocates the transmission revenue requirement for the project across the SPP region.
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