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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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Vestas to Deliver 3.45 MW Turbines to Bearkat I Wind Farm in Texas

LCG, March 31, 2017--Vestas announced yesterday its first order with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners for 43 V126-3.45 MW turbines in the United States. The firm and unconditional order totaling 148 MW is CIP's first equity investment in onshore wind in the U.S. The order includes supply and commissioning of the turbines, together with a 20-year service agreement.

The turbines will be installed at the Bearkat I Wind Project in Texas. Delivery is expected to begin later this year in the third quarter, with commissioning planned for the end of 2017. Bearkat I has a total capacity of 196.7 MW and will include 57 V126 3.45 MW turbines.

The President of Vestas' sales and service division in the United States and Canada stated, "We are honored to partner with CIP on their first investment in the U.S. and expand our 3 MW platform footprint even further. Texas and the rest of the wind belt are traditionally 2 MW territory, but we've shown yet again that we can deliver a winning cost of energy in that region with both our 2 MW and 3 MW platforms and that provides tremendous flexibility and competitive advantage for our customers."
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