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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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Pattern Development Completes 185-MW Wind Project in British Columbia

LCG, February 28, 2017--Pattern Energy Group LP ("Pattern Development") yesterday announced the completion of its 184.6 MW Meikle Wind power project located in British Columbia. The addition of the new capacity increases British Columbia's total installed wind capacity to 673.6 MW, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). Main construction on the project commenced in June 2015.

The CEO of Pattern Development stated, "Meikle Wind is now the largest wind facility in British Columbia, increasing the installed wind power capacity in the province by 37 percent. Located in a mountainous region, this project was unique for its construction, design and weather challenges, as well as for our discovery of rare dinosaur tracks during construction, which we donated to the Tumbler Ridge Museum."

The Meikle Wind project is comprised of 61 GE wind turbines, and the facility has a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with BC Hydro. The facility will be managed by 16 operations and maintenance personnel, together with a variety of local subcontractors.
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