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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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Excel Energy Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for 200-MW Wind Farm in North Dakota

LCG, September 25, 2015-Xcel Energy will hold the groundbreaking ceremony today for the Courtenay Wind Farm project, located in North Dakota. Xcel Energy acquired the 200-MW project from the developer, Geronimo Energy, earlier this year.

The Courtenay Wind Farm will include 100 wind turbines that will be installed over nearly 25,000 acres of leased property. Vestas Wind Systems announced last week that it had received a the order from Xcel Energy for the provision of 100 of the company's V100-2.0 MW wind turbines.

Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to start in third quarter of 2016, and commissioning is schedule for the following quarter.

Xcel Energy's executive vice president and group president, Operations stated, "We've been the nation's No. 1 utility wind provider in the US for 11 consecutive years, and we are pleased to partner with Vestas. When complete, the Courtenay Wind Farm project will boast 100 Vestas turbines. This will generate enough electricity for about 105,000 homes, making use of North Dakota's abundant renewable resource."
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