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Huge wind project secures crucial approval

An 800-turbine project has been approved by the authorities in the US state of Louisiana, however, there are two potential roadblocks ahead.

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Wednesday, American Electric Power (AEP) and Southwestern Electric Power (Swepco) came one step closer to the realization of their upcoming project. The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) has approved the utility's USD 4.5 billion project, Wind Catcher Energy Connection, which will consist of 800 GE turbines with a total 2,000 MW capacity and a transmission line for power, announced AEP.

"Wind Catcher is a major investment in clean energy that will produce long-term savings for Louisiana customers and further diversify our energy resource mix,” said Nicholas K. Akins, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer. “After an extensive review, including the significant performance guarantees that were developed during the process, the Louisiana Public Service Commission’s decision recognizes the benefits Wind Catcher will bring to Louisiana customers," writes the utility.

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