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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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Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Approves Bruce Power Request

LCG, May 30, 2013--The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) approved the request from Bruce Power to increase Unit 1 at Bruce A Nuclear Generating Station above 50 percent of its generating capacity. This milestone is the last prior to returning the unit to full operation.

The CNSC authorized Bruce Power to restart Unit 1 up to 50 percent power for safety evaluations last July.

CNSC's executive vice-president and chief regulatory operations officer stated, "Bruce Power has successfully completed all safety tests and has met CNSC regulatory requirements to bring Unit 1 to full power. Our oversight of the unit?s operation will continue through normal compliance activities, marking the end of regulatory activities specific to reactor decommissioning."

Bruce Power operates two generating stations (Bruce A & B) with each station housing four nuclear reactors. In the mid 1990?s, the four units in Bruce A were laid up. On October 7, 2003, Unit 4 was returned to service, followed by Unit 3 in January 2004. With Ontario's desire to phase out coal-fired electric generation, the remaining two, 750-MW units were recently refurbished; Unit 1 synchronized to the grid on September 19, 2012 and Unit 2 on October 16, 2012.

The Bruce Power partnership consists of Borealis Infrastructure, Cameco Corporation, The Power Workers? Union, The Society of Energy Professionals and TransCanada Corporation. TransCanada owns 49 per cent of Bruce A and 32 per cent of Bruce B. Bruce Power operates the Bruce A and Bruce B nuclear power stations.
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