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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APS Signs PPA with NextEra for Power from Perrin Ranch Wind Energy Center

LCG, July 29, 2010--Arizona Public Service Company (APS) and NextEra Energy Resources have executed a 25-year, power purchase agreement (PPA) for APS to buy all of power generated from NextEra's planned Perrin Ranch Wind Energy Center, located in Coconino County, Arizona.

The 99.2-MW project will consist of 62, 1.6-MW wind turbines. Construction is scheduled to commence next year, and the project is expected to deliver power to the grid in 2012. This schedule is contingent upon receiving necessary permitting. In addition, the PPA must be approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC).

In 2006, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) adopted rules setting Arizona's Renewable Energy Standard (RES) to 15 percent by 2025, with 30 percent of the renewable energy to be derived from distributed energy technologies. Investor-owned utilities (like APS) and electric power cooperatives serving retail customers in Arizona must meet this target. The RES target in 2012 is 3.5 percent.

Arizona's first commercial-scale wind farm, the Dry Lake Wind Power Project, was dedicated in October 2009. The 63-MW project was developed by Iberdrola Renewables, and Salt River Project (SRP) signed a PPA for all of the power output. The project includes 30 Suzlon S88-2.1 MW wind turbines.
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