Red Rock Generating Facility
In January 2007, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company filed a six-year construction plan with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The plan included the construction of the Red Rock power plant, a 950 MW generating plant that would be owned in partnership with AEP-Public Service Company of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority.
The Oklahoma State Legislature approved the process in 2005. Chesapeake Energy Corp, the third largest independent gas producer in the US, and the Quality of Service Coalition, a group of utility consumers and cities that purchase power from a subsidiary of American Electric Power, asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to stop the Oklahoma Corporation Commission from considering pre-approval of the Red Rock Plant.
On Sept. 10, 2007, with a 2-1 vote, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission denied the pre-approval permit for the plant, arguing that the utilities had not proven that they had sufficiently explored alternative forms of energy. Oklahoma State Treasurer Scott Meacham also appeared in newspaper advertisements critical of the project. On Oct. 11, the sponsors announced that they were discontinuing the project.
Sponsor: PSO (a subsidiary of American Electric Power), Oklahoma Gas & Electric, and Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority
Location: Red Rock, OK
Capacity: 950 MW
Projected in service: 2011
Status: Permit denied (9/07)
- "OG&E Announces 6-Year Construction Initiative", OG&E corporate website, January 17, 2007.
- "Red Rock Coal-Fired Power Plant on the Road to Rejection", The Journal Record, September 11, 2007.
- "Comment from Chesapeake Energy Corporation Concerning Decision Regarding the Red Rock Power Plant", Business Wire, September 11, 2007.
- Statement of Position of Quality of Service Coalition, Legal Filing, accessed January 2008. (Pdf)
- OCC Denies Application for Red Rock Plant, AEP corporate website, September 10, 2007.
- "State Treasurer Chimes In On Oklahoma Red Rock Proposal", CoalControl blog, September 6, 2007.
- “OG&E Says Unit Ends Plan to Build Oklahoma Power Plant", Reuters, October 11, 2007.
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