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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Duke Announce Plans for Utility-Scale Solar Investments in Florida

LCG, April 2, 2015--Duke Energy Florida plans to add up to 500 MW utility-scale solar power in Florida by 2024. The proposal is included in Duke's 2015 Ten-Year Site Plan provided Tuesday to the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC). Construction of the first site will begin later this year.

"Innovative investments in solar energy will provide customers with more options to use this resource, while diversifying our energy mix and continuing to meet the needs of Florida's growing economy and population," said Duke Energy Florida???s state president.

The initial project will be up to five MW, with 35 MW expected to be completed by 2018. Duke Energy Florida will use these initial solar projects as a basis to evaluate costs and monitor the effects of this resource on the electric grid infrastructure.

In addition to the solar investments, Duke Energy Florida plans to install a 1,640-MW combined-cycle natural gas plant in Citrus County. The first 820 MW block of capacity is expected to come online in spring 2018, and the second 820 MW block is scheduled to commence operations by the end of 2018. In addition, the company will upgrade its combined-cycle Hines plant in Polk County and purchase Calpine's 590-MW, gas-fired Osprey plant (also in Polk County). The investments will enable the company to meet needs for additional generation beginning in 2018 and to retire half of its Florida coal-fired fleet in 2018.??

The utility-scale solar investments by Duke Energy are not new. Over the past eight years, Duke Energy stated that it has invested more than $4 billion in wind and solar facilities in 12 states, including the company's Stanton Solar Farm located in Orange County. The company plans to invest $2 billion to $3 billion in renewable energy in the next five years.
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