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AEP Will Proceed with North Central Wind Projects Despite Texas Commission Denying Approval

LCG, July 8, 2020--American Electric Power (AEP) announced last Thursday that, following the PUC of Texas not approving AEP subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Co.'s (SWEPCO) plan to add 309 MW of wind energy to serve Texas customers, AEP will proceed to acquire the entire planned 1,485 MW of North Central wind projects.

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JEA Board Approves Transaction with FPL to Close 848-MW Coal Unit in Georgia

LCG, June 30, 2020--The JEA Board of Directors in a special meeting last Friday unanimously approved a transaction that will result in closing an 848-MW unit at Plant Scherer and entering into a 20-year purchase power agreement (PPA) with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL).

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Idaho Power Asks Rate Hike to Cover Power Costs

LCG, Feb. 26, 2001Idaho Power Co. on Friday asked the Idaho Public Utilities Commission for a 1.3 cents per kilowatt-hour across-the-board rate increase to help pay for "extraordinarily high" purchased power expenses. The utility said those costs have reach $160 million in the last 10 months.

"Our company's deferred balance for power purchased to supply our customers since last April hasreached an unprecedented level," said Idaho Power chief executive Jan B. Packwood. "As a regulated utility, it is vital that we begin now to recover these costs and continue to earnestly conserve our energy resources."

Packwood blamed the high cost of purchased power on a volatile wholesale energy market resulting from chronic supply shortages in California and very poor hydro generating conditions due to low river flows in Idaho and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The company said the emergency charge, if approved, will result in a revenue increase to the company totaling $161 million for one year, which will offset the increase in purchased power costs. There will be another rate change requested in April when Idaho Power makes its annual cost adjustment filing.

Packwood said the increase would "serve to create a more direct connection between the price ourcustomers pay and the true cost of their electricity."

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