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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Energy Storage - New Study Explores the Efficacy of Storage in Integrating Wind in Regional Electric Systems

LCG, August 2, 2010 – The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and LCG Consulting jointly conduct a multi-region study to find out how energy storage can help in meeting Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) by providing an efficient means for integrating wind turbines to the electric systems.

The study contributes to better understanding of the physical and financial implications of expansion of wind generation. According to Dan Rastler, the EPRI Project Manager, “The project will focus on realistic market valuation of energy storage technologies with increasing renewable generation at different locations throughout the United States, across a range of future contingencies considering energy prices, fuel use, emissions and investment in new capacity.”

Results from the demonstrative study for ERCOT indicate that storage has definite beneficial role in smoothing the fluctuation in wind availability. The results also confirm the usefulness of storage in congestion management, and in deferring capacity investment. The study was conducted using LCG’s UPLAN Network Power Model and PLATO database for ERCOT.
In view of the encouraging findings in ERCOT, EPRI has decided to extend the scope of the study to other regions of the U.S. including New York ISO (NYISO), PJM, California and Midwest ISO (MISO). It also envisions the new study will cover several storage technologies such as Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES), bulk and distributed battery storage, liquid air energy storage (LAES), flywheel and other fast response storage devices.
“The study will look into the issue of gaining adequate transmission access to load centers, by optimal use of existing transmission and as well as by identifying appropriate new transmission investments”, says Srinivas Jampani, LCG’s lead consultant.

About LCG Consulting:
With more than 25 years of experience, LCG Consulting is a pioneer and market leader in modeling the competitive energy market. LCG offers a full range of consulting services and specialized software products including the UPLAN Network Power Model and regional PLATO databases which are widely adopted for simulating electric systems.

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