Red Rock Generating Facility

From Global Energy Monitor

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.[1]

The Oklahoma State Legislature approved the process in 2005.[2] 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.[3][4]

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.[5] Oklahoma State Treasurer Scott Meacham also appeared in newspaper advertisements critical of the project.[6] On Oct. 11, the sponsors announced that they were discontinuing the project.[7]

Project Details

Sponsor: PSO (a subsidiary of American Electric Power), Oklahoma Gas & Electric, and Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority
Location: Red Rock, OK
Capacity: 950 MW
Type: Ultrasupercritical
Projected in service: 2011
Status: Permit denied (9/07)

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