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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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Massachusetts Utilities Issue RFP for 400 MW of Offshore Wind Power

LCG, July 7, 2017-- Massachusetts utilities, in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), last Friday jointly issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for long-term contracts for offshore wind energy projects. The RFP calls for bidders to offer from a total of 400 MW of offshore wind energy capacity to up to approximately 800 MW. The RFP was issued as a result of Massachusetts' new Energy Diversity Act, which was signed by the Governor in August 2016.

The utilities issuing the RFP are Eversource, National Grid and Unitil. Likely participants in the RFP process are Deepwater Wind, Bay State Wind, and Vineyard Wind. The proposal submission deadline is December 20, 2017.

This initial solicitation by the utilities is part of a staggered procurement schedule designed with the DOER so as to achieve cost-effective contracts for offshore wind power consistent with the Energy Diversity Act goals.

The Energy Diversity Act states that, "The distribution companies may conduct one or more competitive solicitations through a staggered procurement schedule developed by the distribution companies and the department of energy resources; provided, that the schedule shall ensure that the distribution companies enter into cost-effective long-term contracts for offshore wind energy generation equal to approximately 1,600 megawatts of aggregate nameplate capacity not later than June 30, 2027; and provided further, that individual solicitations shall seek proposals for no less than 400 megawatts of aggregate nameplate capacity of offshore wind energy generation resources."

In addition to the 1,600 MW of offshore wind power capacity, the Energy Diversity Act requires utilities to competitively solicit and contract for approximately 1,200 MW of clean energy generation ??? base load hydropower, onshore wind and solar supported by hydropower, standalone onshore wind, solar, or other Class I renewable resources.
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