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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 Issues Third Quarter 2017 Market Report

LCG, November 3, 2017--The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently released its new U.S. Wind Industry Third Quarter 2017 Market Report. AWEA reports new wind turbine installations have added 534 MW of electric generating capacity during the third quarter, bringing year-to-date installations to a total of 2,892 MW. There are now 84,944 MW of installed wind capacity in the U.S., with over 52,000 wind turbines operating in 41 states plus Guam and Puerto Rico.

The third quarter wind turbine installations were primarily in two states: Texas, with 402 MW of new installed capacity, and Indiana, with 100 MW of new capacity. Texas continues to lead the U.S., with a total installed capacity of 21,450 MW. Iowa is a distant second, with 6,974 MW, followed by Oklahoma (6,645 MW), California (5,561 MW) and Kansas (5,110 MW).

Three wind turbine companies dominated the installations. GE Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Vestas installed a combined 98% of facilities commissioned during the first three quarters of 2017.

AWEA estimates that there are now 13,759 MW under construction and 15,875 MW in advanced development. The combined 29,634 MW represents a 27% year-over-year increase. Moreover, project developers announced 638 MW in new construction activity.

Utilities announced new plans to develop and own 3,040 MW of wind capacity during the third quarter, including AEP's 2,000 MW Wind Catcher project in Oklahoma and Alliant Energy's 500 MW New Wind II project in Iowa.
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