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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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CPV Valley Energy Center Commences Commercial Operation in New York

LCG, October 3, 2018--Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) Monday announced that the 680-MW CPV Valley Energy Center in Wawayanda, New York has achieved commercial operation. The new, gas-fired electric generating facility uses the Siemens F-class gas turbine technology. The project was managed by Competitive Power Ventures, Inc., and it was constructed by a joint venture consisting of Skanska USA Civil Northeast, Inc., Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. and ECCO III Enterprises, Inc.

CPV's CEO stated, "I'm proud to announce the commercial operation on natural gas of the CPV Valley Energy Center. After nearly 10 years of development and construction, we are providing significant value to the area and New York. This facility will enhance the reliability of the Lower Hudson Valley electric system, reduce annual electricity costs to New York consumers by a forecasted $700 million while reducing carbon emissions by an estimated 500,000 tons a year. We look forward to being an integral part of the community for decades to come."

CPV's Valley Energy Center is a combined cycle power plant that includes two Siemens SGT6-5000F gas turbines, one SST-5000 steam turbine, and three SGen-1000A generators. The gas turbines and generators were manufactured at Siemens' Charlotte Energy Hub, the global base for the company's 60 Hz power generating equipment.

Siemens will service the plant's major components and parts through a long-term contract, and handle outage services, program management, engineering support, and remote diagnostics and monitoring. As part of its long tradition of working with CPV, Siemens' Financial Services division supported this project, providing $80 million of the total $540 million construction / term loan.
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