OG&E plans upgrades for coal-fired power plant in Oklahoma

OGE Sooner Power Plant

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is considering a plan by the state's largest electric utility to spend about $500 million to upgrade its coal-fired power plant in northern Oklahoma.

The three-member panel is expected to deliberate and possibly vote Thursday on the plan by Oklahoma Gas & Electric to install dry scrubbers at its Sooner Power Plant to meet federal requirements on air pollution.

OG&E's application doesn't include a request to recover the estimated $500 million from its customers. If the project is approved, the utility is expected to file another application to recover the costs.

Some consumer groups have opposed the proposal, but Attorney General Scott Pruitt has said the request is reasonable and should be approved.

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