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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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SDG&E and AES Showcase New Battery Storage Facilities

LCG, March 3, 2017--AES Energy Storage, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation,recently showcased two new Advancion® battery-based energy storage sites, totaling 37.5 MW, in partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).

"California has created the launchpad for energy storage adoption on a global scale," said the President of AES Energy Storage. "By prioritizing storage to address real system needs today, SDG&E is leading the way, creating a sustainable model that others can follow to achieve a clean, unbreakable grid."

The larger site is located at a SDG&E substation in Escondido, California, where it hosts a 30 MW, four-hour duration energy storage project that is the world's largest lithium ion battery-based energy storage installation, according to AES. The energy storage facility is capable of storing the energy equivalent of serving 20,000 customers for four hours. The 400,000 batteries, similar to those in electric vehicles, were installed in nearly 20,000 modules and placed in 24 containers.

The second site is located at a SDG&E substation in El Cajon. Together, the arrays will provide enough capacity to power approximately 25,000 homes for four hours. Both arrays incorporate components from Advancion-certified suppliers, including batteries by Samsung SDI and power conversion systems by Parker Hannifin.

SDG&E and AES announced plans to proceed with two energy storage arrays last August, following the approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) of the proposal by SDG&E to build the projects. In May 2016, the CPUC directed Southern California electric utilities to accelerate the installation of new energy storage options to enhance regional energy reliability and enable the addition of more intermittent renewable energy resources.

The CPUC requires SDG&E to procure a total of 165 MW of energy storage by 2020 that is to be operational by 2024.
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