Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), a unit of AEP (NYSE: AEP), reached an agreement to lower customer costs to install a dry scrubber on one of the two 1,300 MW units at the Rockport coal-fired power plant in Indiana.
I&M filed a request with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission for the project, which was originally expected to cost $1.4 billion. I&M decided to seek alternatives and will now install DSI control technology on both units. The cost is less than one-fifth the cost of the dry scrubber, I&M said in a release.
As part of the agreement, I&M will install an additional 200 MW of wind, provide additional mitigation funding to the states, and create a fund to support other small-scale renewable energy projects. I&M will also refuel or refire Tanners Creek Unit 4 and accept more system-wide emission caps on the AEP units subject to the consent decree.
The agreement is subject to review and approval by a federal court, which is expected to happen within the next few months.
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