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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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Sempra Acquires 78-MW Wind Project in Minnesota

LCG, April 24, 2015-Sempra U.S. Gas & Power yesterday announced that it has acquired the Black Oak Getty wind project in Sterns County, Minnesota from Geronimo Energy, LLC, a wind and solar energy developer. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2016, and the project is expected be in commercial operation late next year.

Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) will purchase all of the power generated from the wind farm under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The purchase will help MMPA meet its renewable energy obligation of 25 percent in 2025.

The president and CEO of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power stated, "We are pleased to have the opportunity to diversify and expand our renewables portfolio through the acquisition, development and operation of the Black Oak Getty wind project. We look forward to providing Minnesota with a stable supply of clean, renewable energy and becoming a long-term partner with the local community through the development and operation of this project."

The Black Oak Getty wind farm is located in central Minnesota. The project is expected to include up to 51 wind turbines.

Once the 78-MW Black Oak Getty project is completed, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, together with its affiliates and joint-venture partners, will have wind facilities in seven states with a combined generating capacity in excess of 1,200 MW.
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