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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TVA Adds to Its Wind Farm Portfolio

LCG, January 25, 2012--The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced last Friday that it agreed to purchase power from four wind farms in Kansas, Illinois and Iowa that have a combined capacity of 535 MW. Today, TVA has activated a wind energy portfolio totaling 950 MW, including five operating wind farms in the Midwest with a combined 542 wind turbines.

The new wind farms that began delivery to TVA in January are: ENEL Green Power's 201-MW Caney River wind farm in Elk County, Kansas; NextEra Energy Resources' 150-MW White Oak Energy Center in McLean County, Illinois; EDP Renewables North America's 101-MW Lost Lakes wind farm in Dickinson County, Iowa; and an additional 83-MW from EDP Renewables' Pioneer Prairie site in Howard and Mitchell counties, Iowa, which commenced production for TVA in 2010.

TVA senior vice president for Commercial Operations and Pricing stated, "Delivery of power from these contracts and others expected to be activated in the near future will enable TVA to continue advancing towards its vision to become one of the nation's leaders in clean energy by 2020."

TVA stated that all of its wind contracts are subject to satisfying applicable environmental requirements and securing firm transmission paths.

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