SWEPCO To Ask Louisiana To Approve $4.5 Billion Wind Catcher Project

Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), a company of Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power (AEP), will ask the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) to approve the proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection project.

On Friday (April 13), SWEPCO, which is based in Shreveport, La., announced a settlement agreement that includes the utility company, LPSC staff, Bentonville-based Walmart and Sam’s Club, and they will ask the project be approved under the agreement terms. On Feb. 20, an agreement was filed with the Arkansas Public Service Commission for review of the project. SWEPCO needs approval from Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas, while sister company Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) needs approval from Oklahoma.

The $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project includes the purchase of a 2,000-megawatt wind farm under construction in the Oklahoma Panhandle and construction of a 360-mile transmission line to Tulsa, where the existing grid will deliver the wind energy to customers. SWEPCO will own 70% of the project, and PSO will own 30%. SWEPCO recently responded to a group that opposes the project.    MORE

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