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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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SaskPower Receives Approval for Carbon Capture Project

LCG, April 28, 2011--The Government of Saskatchewan approved construction of the C$1.24 billion Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Demonstration Project, which is expected to capture approximately one million tonnes per year of carbon dioxide (CO2). Construction is scheduled to commence shortly, with operations to begin in 2014.

Rob Norris, minister responsible for SaskPower, stated, "This project will forge an environmentally sustainable path for the production of coal-fired electricity in Saskatchewan. By proceeding with the carbon capture project at Boundary Dam, while continuing to add wind power and investigating other renewable energy options such as biomass, SaskPower is helping to build a greener future for Saskatchewan."

The existing Boundary Dam Power Station, located near Estevan, is SaskPower's largest power generating facility and includes six, coal-fired units, with a total plant generating capacity of 824 MW. Unit 3 will be rebuilt to incorporate a carbon capture process that will reduce capacity from about 139 MW to 110 MW, given expected energy loads for the carbon capture process. Cansolv, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell Global Solutions, will supply the carbon capture process, and Hitachi will supply the steam turbine.

SaskPower is pursuing the sale of the captured CO2 for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects, and captured sulphur dioxide may be sold for use in the manufacture of sulfuric acid.

The Boundary Dam Integrated CCS Demonstration Project has received C$240 million from the federal government, of which about C$180 million has been spent.
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