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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 Fourth Quarter 2017 Market Report

LCG, January 31, 2018--The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently released its new U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2017 Market Report. AWEA reports new wind turbine installations have added 4,125 MW of electric generating capacity during the fourth quarter, bringing year-to-date installations to a total of 7,017 MW. There is now 89,077 MW of cumulative installed wind capacity in the U.S., with over 54,000 wind turbines operating in 41 states plus Guam and Puerto Rico. In addition to new installed wind capacity, 2,136 MW of partial repowerings were completed during 2017. At this pace, the installed wind capacity may soon exceed the total nameplate capacity of U.S. nuclear generating units, which now total approximately 105,000 MW.

Texas continues to lead the U.S., with a total installed capacity of 22,637 MW. Oklahoma, with 851 MW installed in 2017 and a cumulative total of 7,495 MW, has now surpassed Iowa, with 7,308 MW. California (5,609 MW) and Kansas (5,110 MW) retain fourth and fifth place ranking.

AWEA estimates that the combined wind power capacity under construction (13,332 MW) and in advanced development (15,336 MW) is 28,668 MW. Of this new capacity, 30 percent of all activity is located in the Midwest region, 21 percent is located in the Plains states, followed by 20 percent in the Mountain West states and 20 percent Texas.

Four wind turbine companies dominated the installations. GE Renewable Energy, Nordex USA, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, and Vestas captured a combined 99 percent of the U.S. turbine market for new installations during 2017. Moreover, GE Renewable Energy installed 79 percent of the partially repowered capacity in 2017.
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