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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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Exelon Generation Breaks Ground on 1,000-MW Combined-Cycle Plant in Texas

LCG, July 9, 2015-Exelon Genaration yesterday held the official groundbreaking ceremony for a new combined-cycle facility at Exelon's existing Colorado Bend Generating Station southwest of Houston, Texas. The project is expected to achieve commercial operation in 2017.

The new, gas-fired facility will add 1,000 MW of electric generating capacity to the existing 498-MW gas-fired generating facilities. The project will use General Electric's new 7HA.02 gas turbines, and the design incorporates dry cooling instead of the traditional wet cooling towers to minimize overall water usage.

The project is one of two new combined-cycle facilities that Exelon is developing in Texas. The other 1,000-MW project will be constructed at Exelon's existing Wolf Hollow Generating Station, located approximately 35 miles outside of Ft. Worth. The Wolf Hollow expansion is also expected to achieve commercial operation in 2017.

"Exelon is a forward-looking company, and what we see is a clean energy future that includes this kind of new technology, which uses little water and produces few emissions while generating electricity at a very low cost," said Exelon Generation's president and CEO. "We're delighted to be the first to employ this GE technology, and we're delighted to do it in Texas. This is how Exelon sees the energy future of America - clean, affordable and efficient."
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