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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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Enel Green Power and Anheuser-Busch Announce PPA for Oklahoma Wind Project

LCG, September 15, 2017--Anheuser-Busch and Enel Green Power (EGP), the Enel Group's renewables division, announced Wednesday that they have signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the energy delivered to the grid and renewable electricity credits (RECs) from a portion of EGP's Thunder Ranch Wind Project. Anheuser-Busch share of the project will be 152.5 MW.

The Thunder Ranch Wind Project is located in Garfield, Kay and Noble counties, Oklahoma. The project will be built in two phases that total 298 MW of electric generating capacity. Project construction began in May, and operations are scheduled to commence by the end of this year. The total estimated project cost is $435 million.

Anheuser-Busch's parent company, AB InBev, joined RE100 and has pledged to secure 100 percent of its purchased electricity from renewable resources by 2025. The wind energy partnership between EGP and Anheuser-Busch will be the beer company's first contracted utility-scale project to start operations in the world.

The president and CEO of Anheuser-Busch stated, "As we strive to bring people together to build a better world, we at Anheuser-Busch are dedicated to reducing our carbon emissions. Helping to grow the renewable energy market is not only good for the environment, it is a strategic business move as we strive for long-term sustainability. Now more than ever, we are excited to lead our company's global effort toward a renewable future and, partnering with Enel, set an industry example of how major companies can help to make a difference in climate change."
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