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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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GRDA and MHPS Achieve Milestone with J-Class Gas Turbine at Grand River Energy Center

LCG, May 31, 2017--The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) reached another key milestone at its Grand River Energy Center in Oklahoma, where a new, 495-MW combined cycle power plant equipped with a Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) M501J gas turbine has recently been built. The gas turbine is the first of its kind installed in the Americas, and the new unit achieved a significant milestone by sustaining reliable power generation just 45 days after first fire. Achieving reliable power generation output means GRDA can now sell electricity to the grid.

The new natural gas facility will replace an older, coal-fired facility installed in the 1980's at the same site, which is located approximately 35 miles east of Tulsa.

In January 2014, GRDA selected MHPS to provide the gas and steam turbine, with a generator to be supplied by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. GRDA broke ground on Grand River Energy Center Unit 3 in January 2015. The gas turbine achieved first fire on March 14, 2017 in its first attempt and two days later synchronized to the grid to first produce electricity for GRDA and MISO Power Pool customers. The new power plant is on schedule to be fully operational this summer.

The MHPS turbine installed at the Grand River Energy Center is the first J-Series to be built at the Savannah Machinery Works in Savannah, Georgia. GRDA signed a 25-year long term service agreement with MHPS as part of the project.

MHPS Americas President and CEO stated, "This is our 23rd J-Series gas turbine installed globally, and our first in the Americas. This is an important milestone for our company, and we're proud to announce that the MHPS gas turbine at the Grand River Energy Center has responded flawlessly during the startup process and has significantly exceeded its performance guarantee. GRDA is now able to sell power to the grid ahead of schedule. Successful and smooth commissioning is critical for MHPS, because our team is preparing to commission eleven more J-Series turbines in North America during the next 12-24 months."
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