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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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FERC Approves Construction of Export Facilities for Freeport LNG Terminal

LCG, July 31, 2014-The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) yesterday announced that it has authorized Freeport LNG Development, L.P. (Freeport LNG) to site, construct, and operate facilities to liquefy and export domestic natural gas from its existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal located near the city of Freeport, Brazoria County, Texas.

Domestic natural gas will be transported via pipeline and pretreated near Freeport LNG?s existing metering, compression and underground storage facilities. The pretreated natural gas will then be delivered to the terminal through Freeport LNG?s existing gas pipeline. At the terminal it will be liquefied and then stored in full-containment LNG storage tanks. LNG will be exported from the terminal by LNG carriers arriving via marine transit through the Freeport Harbor Channel.

The Freeport Liquefaction Project includes a liquefaction plant with three trains that will have a combined liquefaction capacity of 1.8 Bcf/day. In addition, the project includes pretreatment facilities that will interconnect with natural gas pipelines. FERC also authorized Freeport LNG's Phase II Modification Project to revise the previously authorized, but unconstructed Phase II Project. The primary objectives of the Phase II Modification Project are to reorient the Phase II dock, modify the transfer facilities, and modify access roads at the terminal. The plan calls for the two projects to be constructed together at Freeport's existing Quintana Island terminal. Freeport LNG expects to start construction on the liquefaction project this year and achieve commercial operation of the first liquefaction train in 2018, with the second and third trains operational in 2019.

FERC's new order incorporates the FERC environmental staff's recommendations by requiring the company to adhere to more than 80 conditions to mitigate potential adverse environmental impacts.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has conditionally approved Freeport LNG's export of gas to both Free Trade Agreement and non-Free Trade Agreement countries. Freeport LNG filed its formal FERC application pursuant to Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act in August 2012.

The existing Freeport LNG facilities were designed and installed to import LNG to the United States in response to forecast declines in domestic natural gas supplies. Construction on the import project started in January 2005 and was completed in June 2008.

With the tremendous growth in domestic shale gas production, there are now 10 LNG export projects that have filed formal applications pending before the Commission, and there are three LNG export projects in the prefiling process.
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