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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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AEP Ohio Issues RFP for 400 MW of Solar Electric Generating Capacity

LCG, October 20, 2017--AEP Ohio, an American Electric Power (AEP) company, Tuesday issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for up to 400 MW of solar energy resources in Ohio. Proposals are due December 18, 2017. The target date for the start of commercial operation for the solar resources is December 31, 2021.

AEP Ohio committed to pursue the development of 400 MW of solar and 500 MW wind generation resources in an agreement approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) in 2016. AEP Ohio or AEP affiliates will have the right to own up to 50% of such projects on an aggregate net basis. The renewable energy projects must be approved by the PUCO.

Proposals will be evaluated based on criteria outlined in the RFP, including preference given to sites that are located in Appalachian Ohio, create permanent manufacturing jobs in the region and commit to hiring Ohio military veterans.

The minimum nameplate bid size for this RFP is 50 MW. Bidders may aggregate multiple sites in a single Proposal (with a single Bid Price) in order to satisfy the minimum bid size, provided that the minimum size for any site in an aggregation group is 10 MW. The Renewable Energy Purchase Agreement (REPA) will have a 20-year term.

AEP Ohio customers currently receive renewable generation service through long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the 10 MW Wyandot Solar Farm and the 100-MW Fowler Ridge and 99-MW Timber Road wind farms.
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