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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's Clean Energy Strategic Vision Plans to Reduce Carbon Emissions 80 Percent from 2000 levels by 2050

LCG, February 8, 2018--American Electric Power (AEP) Monday released a report outlining the company's strategy for a clean energy future. The strategy includes new carbon dioxide emission reduction goals and investments in renewable resources and advanced technologies to enhance the efficiency of the power grid.

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Dominion's Cove Point LNG Export Project Achieves Production Milestone

LCG, February 1, 2018--Dominion Energy Cove Point (DECP) announced yesterday that it has begun producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) with its newly constructed liquefaction facility undergoing commissioning in Lusby, Maryland. All major equipment has been operated and is being commissioned following a comprehensive round of testing and quality assurance activities. The facility is expected to enter commercial service in early March.

Shell NA LNG is providing the natural gas needed for liquefaction during the commissioning process and will off-take by ship the LNG that is produced.

Once commissioning is complete, DECP will produce LNG for ST Cove Point, which is the joint venture of Sumitomo Corporation and Tokyo Gas, and for GGULL, the U.S. affiliate of GAIL (India) LTD under 20-year take-or-pay contracts. DECP's liquefaction facility has a nameplate capacity of 5.25 mtpa of LNG.

Dominion Energy Cove Point Terminal is located on the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby, Maryland, south of Baltimore, where it is accessible to transport vessels to export (or import) LNG. The location also has pipeline access to many natural gas supplies, including the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, which are two of the largest natural gas basins in North America.

Construction of the liquefaction facility for export began in October 2014, following more than three years of federal, state and local permit reviews and approvals. With a cost of $4 billion, it is the largest construction project ever thus far for Maryland and for Dominion Energy.

Cove Point was originally built in the 1970's by Consolidated Natural Gas Company, parent of what is now Dominion Energy Transmission, and they partnered with the Columbia Gas System to receive, store and process supplies of LNG from tankers.
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