Shocker, right? How could AEP possibly say "no" to Mario Harturdo's shameless groveling and begging for the company to use a worthless, failed transmission idea for their Wind Catcher project?
Just kidding! I'm sure Mario was kidding, too. If AEP was smart, it would have offered to buy the Plains and Eastern Clean Line, just to see what was behind Clean Line's ridiculous participation in the Oklahoma Corporation Commission regulatory proceedings for Wind Catcher. Whoopsie, AEP! You have to wear the dunce cap! I mean you didn't really believe Clean Line's testimony, did you? Have you been smelling your own fake, stilted testimony so long that you no longer recognize the scent?
What fun would it have been to disrupt Clean Line's secret deal with NextEra? Mario never put THAT in his testimony, did he?
Michael Skelly: "Ssssorry, NextEra, I'm going to have to cancel our meeting for Saturday night. Something suddenly came up!"
What did AEP say about the Plains & Eastern Clean Line in its response to Mario's testimony at the OCC?
It is my understanding based upon public information that Clean Line requested the use of federal powers of eminent domain through an arrangement with the U.S. Department of Energy under Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 for the Plains and Eastern project. This request required the development of an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) within which the specific purpose and need for the project, siting considerations, and specific environmental impacts for the Plains and Eastern Clean Line project were assessed and considered in order to receive final approval through a Record of Decision for the Plains and Eastern project.
Witness Hurtado has not provided any additional insight or discussion in his responses as to what potential additional permitting requirements and schedule risks may be associated with using a portion of right of way for the Plains and Eastern Clean Line project that was originally acquired for a project that was approved under a different purpose and need, under a different regulatory authority, and potentially, with different permitting requirements.
And when is Clean Line going to tell the OCC and the other parties that it no longer owns the Oklahoma portion of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line and therefore no longer has any standing to participate in the case? And when is NextEra going to file its petition to intervene out of time as the new owner of a project that was granted standing? Or does NextEra think it has inherited a seat at AEP's settlement table? And why would NextEra even be interested in the Wind Catcher proceedings any longer? It now has its very own "fully permitted" transmission project that it can use to ship wind from its own wind farms. Except it doesn't seem to have any load to serve, or any customers. NextEra can now play the part of Jan Brady, watching AEP flaunt its huge customer base, and dream of cutting it off...