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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 and Cenovus Sign Agreement for Carbon Capture Project

LCG, January 30, 2013--SaskPower and Cenovus Energy executed a 10-year agreement for the purchase of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced from SaskPower?s carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at the Boundary Dam Power Station, near Estevan, Saskatchewan. Cenovus will purchase all of the CO2 captured - 1 million tonnes per year - and transport it to support enhanced oil recovery (EOR) activities near Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

The C$1.24 billion Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration project is currently under construction and scheduled to begin commercial operation on April 1, 2014.

Cenovus will need to construct a pipeline from the power plant to the oil fields, a distance of approximately 70 km. For ten years, Cenovus has been injecting CO2 into the Weyburn EOR field from the Dakota Gasification Corp. (DGC) plant located in Beulah, North Dakota. The new volume received from SaskPower will provide roughly 25 percent of the CO2 injected annually.

With the EOR market for CO2, SaskPower plans to increase its CO2 sales through the installation of additional carbon capture systems on other units.

The Government of Saskatchewan approved construction of the Boundary Dam Integrated CCS Demonstration Project in April 2011.

The existing Boundary Dam Power Station 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.
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