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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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Kemper County IGCC Project Achieves Commercial Operation of Combined Cycle Unit

LCG, August 18, 2014-Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, announced yesterday that Mississippi Power's Kemper County IGCC (Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle) combined cycle unit has been placed into commercial operation and is now available to serve Mississippi Power customers' energy needs during the remaining summer months.

Mississippi Power's Vice President of Generation Development stated, "This is a major success for the Kemper project, and it's all thanks to the men and women who have worked safely and dedicated their time and hard work to make it happen."

Plant Ratcliffe, located in Kemper County, Mississippi, is a 582-MW, state-of-the-art IGCC facility. The facility includes gasifiers that will convert lignite, mined at the plant, into synthesis gas. The project is also connected to a natural gas pipeline. The facility is further designed to capture approximately 65 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions, which will then be compressed and transported via a new, 61-mile pipeline to inject underground and support Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) operations.

In December 2010, Mississippi Power held the ground breaking ceremony for the project. The plant was originally synchronized to the grid on October 5, 2013 during testing that used natural gas as fuel. Since that time, critical testing has occurred on various components. The project reached two major milestones last month, with the testing of the combined cycle unit and pressure testing of both gasifiers. Testing has now culminated with the combined cycle unit passing all applicable performance and environmental tests and being made available at full output for commercial operation.

Later this year, another key project milestone - the first gasifier heat up ??? is scheduled to occur. The IGCC facility is scheduled to begin operation in the second quarter 2015.
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