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Pacific Power Selects Four Wind Projects to Drive Wind Power Expansion by 2020

LCG, February 23, 2018--Pacific Power announced earlier this week that it has selected four new wind projects to move towards achieving the company's Energy Vision 2020 initiative. The four wind projects are expected to provide 1,311 MW of new installed electric generating capacity at a cost of approximately $1.5 billion. The four projects will expand the company's owned and contracted wind power by more than 60 percent.

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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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Widespread East Coast Power Failure Affects Flights, Subways

LCG, August 14, 2003This afternoon blackouts hit residents of New York, northern New Jersey, Michigan, parts of Long Island and Connecticut, and even Ottawa and Ontario.

According to the New York Times, upstate New York authorities told New York City officials the blackouts had to do with overload on the Niagara Mohawk Power Grid.

In addition fire at a New York City power station at 4:00 Eastern time may have contributed to the blackouts. Several authorities have pointed to Canada as the source of the blackout. Most authorities have asserted that the cause is still unknown.

Reuters has also reported that a nuclear plant in New Jersey is not operating, which may have contributed to an overloaded system. Indian Points two nuclear reactors, as well as Ohios Perry and Fermi nuclear generators have been shut down because of loss of off-site power.

Several airports are experiencing outages, including all three of New York Citys. Ground stops have been ordered for Cleveland, Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark, N.J. airports, preventing planes from leaving those airports until further notice.

Subways in several cities are down, and combined with traffic signal failures, wreaked havoc in rush hour streets.

No evidence of terrorism has as yet been linked to the power failure, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the FBI.

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