Poor, pitiful American Electric Power. Jilted before it even got a chance. Although Clean Line's Mario Hurtado made a grand show of batting his eyelashes at AEP, I don't think he was really that into AEP. Maybe AEP looked sort of good at 50 feet, or maybe AEP was just supposed to be acting as a beard while Clean Line got down and dirty with another company. It seemed to me that there really was something very contrived about Clean Line's offer to AEP at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
I wonder if Clean Line is hoping to get a resounding and very public slap in the face from AEP in the Wind Catcher case in order to use same to bolster some new partnership that could be in the works? What if Clean Line is working a deal with one of AEP's competitors, like maybe Next Era Energy Resources?
What if Next Era worked some deal with Clean Line to build the "first phase" of its project to eastern Oklahoma? Wouldn't that be direct competition for AEP's Wind Catcher project? What if AEP's Wind Catcher project doesn't get approval, but Clean Line/Next Era manage to build the "first phase" of a transmission line that Mario Hurtado claims would be very close to AEP substations in eastern Oklahoma? Would AEP be obligated to buy energy and capacity from Clean Line and Next Era, instead of owning very profitable generation and transmission itself?
There, there, AEP. Let me buy you a glass of wine and some chocolates and then you can have a nice, long cry. Clean Line didn't deserve you, girl. You're better than that. You just stick your nose up in the air and get on with your business. Junior High School and the energy business can be just so difficult to navigate sometimes.