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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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AWEA Reports Near Record Fourth Quarter Finish for U.S. Wind Projects in 2016

LCG, February 17, 2017--The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released its U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2016 Market Report. The U.S. wind industry achieved its second strongest quarter on record, with 6,478 MW of wind capacity installed during the fourth quarter.

AWEA reports that 8,203 MW of new electric generating capacity was installed in 2016, which is slightly below the 8,598 MW installed in 2015. The U.S. annual capacity installation record of 13,000 MW was set 2012.

The cumulative installed capacity in the U.S. is now 82,183 MW, which is more than double the 40,283 MW of installed capacity at the end of 2010. With the completion of the 30 MW Block Island wind project off the coast of Rhode Island, the installed capacity of the U.S. now includes offshore wind.

The outlook for more wind turbine installations is positive, with AWEA estimating that there are now 10,432 MW under construction, plus 7,913 MW in advanced development, for a total of 18,344 MW of new wind capacity in the pipeline.

Texas continues to lead in both cumulative and installed wind capacity, with 20,321 MW installed, including 2,611 MW added in 2016. Trailing Texas, distant runner-ups in cumulative installed capacity are Iowa (6,917 MW), Oklahoma (6,645 MW) and California (5,662 MW).

AWEA's report highlights that GE Renewable Energy and Vestas captured a combined 85 percent of the U.S. wind turbine market during 2016, while Siemens captured another ten percent of the U.S. market.

AWEA noted the continuing trend of non-utility companies contracting for power from new wind farms. In 2016, non-utility entities accounted for a significant quantity of wind farm capacity contracts (1,574 MW).
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