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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Apple Signs Its Largest Wind Project to Date

LCG, April 26, 2017-- Apple announced in its recently released Environmental Responsibility Report that it has signed an agreement to purchase power from the Montague Wind Power Project in Gilliam County, Oregon. The 404-MW wind project is owned by Montague Wind Power Facility LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Avangrid Renewables LLC. Apple will purchase 200 MW of capacity in the wind project, with the renewable energy destined for Apple's Prineville data center.

"To support our Prineville data center, we recently signed a 200-megawatt power purchase agreement for a new Oregon wind farm, the Montague Wind Power Project, set to come online by the end of 2018."

Apple's report also stated that it had executed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the 56-MW Solar Star Oregon II photovoltaic (PV) project located near Apple's data center. Solar Star Oregon II LLC is a subsidiary of SunPower, which is building the Gala Solar project. The solar project is scheduled to commence operations at the end of this year.
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