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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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Duke's Harris Nuclear Plant Shut Down for Repairs

LCG, May 17, 2013--Duke Energy removed the Harris Nuclear Plant from service Wednesday evening after indications of a flaw in the metal of the reactor vessel head were discovered. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) stated on May 15 that evaluations showed a 0.26-inch flaw that exhibited characteristics of primary water stress corrosion cracking.

"There is no evidence of any leakage" from the reactor, said a Duke spokesperson. She stated Duke has adequate capacity from other electric generating facilities to satisfy current customer demand. Duke stated that it expects to complete the repair and have the unit back online within a matter of weeks and that the Harris unit had been operating for 342 days since its last refueling outage in the spring of 2012.

The Harris Nuclear Plant is located about 25 miles southwest of Raleigh, North Carolina and includes one, 900-MW reactor that was commissioned in 1987. The plant was owned and operated by Progress Energy prior to its merger with Duke Energy last year.

Duke announced earlier this month that it notified the NRC that it plans to suspend its combined construction and operating license (COL) application to build two additional nuclear units at the Harris site.
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