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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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Duke Energy Announces Plans to Invest $30 Million to Install Two Battery Storage Projects in North Carolina

LCG, September 22, 2017--Duke Energy announced yesterday plans to invest $30 million in two new lithium-ion battery energy storage systems in North Carolina that are expected to be online in 2019. The two sites identified are the first of a larger company plan to deploy energy storage for the region, and further details regarding the two projects will be filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commission in early 2018.

Duke Energy's vice president of Western Carolinas Modernization stated, "Duke Energy has experience with many battery storage projects around the nation. Western North Carolina is an ideal spot to use this technology to serve remote areas, or where extra resources are needed to help the existing energy infrastructure."

Local stakeholders perceive the two projects as positive solutions due to their relatively small footprint, low noise and no emissions to the environment. One project will be in the vicinity of Asheville, where a 9-MW battery system will be placed at a Duke Energy substation. The battery will primarily be used to provide energy support to the electric system, including frequency regulation and other grid support services.

The second project site is in the town of Hot Springs, where a 4-MW battery system is planned to improve electric reliability for the town, along with providing services to the overall electric system. In addition, Duke Energy is considering a solar facility in the town to work in conjunction with the battery system.

"These initial utility-scale energy storage projects represent an integral first step in upgrading and modernizing our grid infrastructure," said EITF Technology Working Group co-chair Ned Ryan Doyle. "Investments in energy storage are a key component to a more reliable and resilient grid. It provides a foundation for the expansion of true clean energy sources."

Duke Energy's Western Carolinas Modernization Plan also includes (i) closing an older, 376-MW coal-fired power plant in Asheville and (ii) installing a natural gas-fired power plant that includes two 280-MW generating units with low emissions. The coal plant closing and the gas plant opening are both scheduled to occur in 2019.
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