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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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MidAmerican Energy's Wind XII Project Approved

LCG, December 6, 2018--The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) on Tuesday approved MidAmerican Energy Company's proposed Wind XII project. With the approval, the company is poised to install up to 591 MW of new wind turbines to add to electric generating capacity in Iowa. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2021, and the estimated construction cost of the project is $922 million.

The order by the IUB states that MidAmerican has satisfied conditions in Iowa Code for advance ratemaking principles associated with the project. In the settlement agreement, the ratemaking principles approved establish a cost cap. The agreement includes an allowed return on the common equity portion of Wind XII that will be included in Iowa electric rate base at 11 percent.

MidAmerican filed its Wind XII request for advance ratemaking principles with the Board on May 30, 2018.
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