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AEP's 2,000-MW Wind Catcher Project Faces Challenge at Oklahoma Corporation Commission

LCG, February 14, 2018--An Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) administrative law judge on Monday recommended against preapproval of Public Service Co. of Oklahoma's request to to charge its ratepayers to support partial ownership of the 2,000-MW Wind Catcher project and to use some of the electricity generated by the project. The utility, a subsidiary of of American Electric Power (AEP), is requesting authorization to recover estimated costs of about $1.36 billion to become part-owner of the Wind Catcher project and to construct a 765-kV transmission line to deliver electricity to a Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO) substation north of Tulsa.

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AEP's Clean Energy Strategic Vision Plans to Reduce Carbon Emissions 80 Percent from 2000 levels by 2050

LCG, February 8, 2018--American Electric Power (AEP) Monday released a report outlining the company's strategy for a clean energy future. The strategy includes new carbon dioxide emission reduction goals and investments in renewable resources and advanced technologies to enhance the efficiency of the power grid.

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NRC Hearing Necessary Prior to Restarting SONGS

LCG, May 15, 2013--The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) on Monday issued a decision to provide the environmental interest group, Friends of the Earth, its request for a hearing to restart Unit 2 at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), located in Southern California. With the decision and required hearing, the probability that SONGS will be restarted this summer is diminished.

SONGS is a critical generating asset in California and is jointly owned by Southern California Edison (SCE) (78.21 percent), San Diego Gas & Electric (20 percent) and the City of Riverside (1.79 percent). Unit 2, with a capacity of approximately 1,180 MW, has been unavailable since January 2012 following the identification of cracks in steam generator tubes. Unit 3 was removed from service shortly thereafter, following the discovery of a leak in a steam generator tube. Further inspections show Unit 3 had over 300 tubes with unexpected tube-to-tube wear; Unit 2 only had two tubes exhibiting minor tube-to-tube wear.

In February, SCE anticipated that, after it submitted technical responses to the NRC, a decision from the NRC could be issued in May and that Unit 2 could then be restarted and operate during the peak summer season at 70 percent output to prevent the conditions that caused excessive tube wear in the steam generators. However, with the new ASLB decision, SCE (the operator) cannot restart Unit 2 until the NRC holds a formal license amendment proceeding with full public participation.
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