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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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JEA Approves Plans for 250 MW of Solar PV Farms

LCG, October 18, 2017--The JEA Board of Directors unanimously approved a major solar-power program Tuesday to will invest in creating five solar photovoltaic (PV) farms to provide a total electric generating capacity of approximately 250 MW. The JEA Board also approved a mandate that 30 percent of its energy come from zero-carbon or carbon-neutral projects by 2030, which replaces a previous target that required the utility to invest more heavily in nuclear power.

JEA executives will spend, with the Board's approval, up to $50 million for five, 50-MW solar farm sites in Jacksonville, Florida. The solar farms are expected be built on JEA-owned land, with the footprint for each site covering about 400-500 acres each. A developer will build solar panels on the site, and JEA will buy the power, at a total cost of roughly $20 million per year for all five farms. The solar farms could be operational as early as 2020.

The JEA Board also approved a new solar policy that changes the rate paid to customers by JEA to JEA's fuel rate, which changes from time to time but will be less than the old rate. The new rate will go into effect April 1, 2018. Existing customers with rooftop-solar panels will be grandfathered in at the old, higher rate.

JEA somewhat offset the reduction in rooftop-solar compensation with a new incentive for rooftop-solar customers that offers customers a 30 percent rebate on the purchase of a battery system that can store a home's excess solar power. The federal government also offers a 30 percent tax credit on home-battery technology, which JEA says generally would save a customer about $3,000. During the day, solar panels would send excess power to a home's battery system instead of JEA's grid. At night, the home electric loads can be supplied by the battery instead of using JEA power.
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