Appalachian Power seeking 150 MW of wind generation by late 2017

American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) utility subsidiary Appalachian Power said Jan. 5 that it has issued pre-qualification documents for parties interested in bidding on an upcoming request for proposals (RFP) for up to 150 MW of wind power.

The RFP will seek proposals that would allow Appalachian to own one or more wind projects or purchase the output from wind projects under one or more 20-year renewable energy purchase agreements.

Pre-qualification forms must be returned by Jan. 29. Pre-qualified bidders will be notified by Feb. 12, the same day that they are expected to receive the RFP. Final proposals will be due April 1, the utility said in a news release.

Wind projects selected by Appalachian through the RFP process will be reviewed for regulatory approval by the Virginia State Corporation Commission and the Public Service Commission of West Virginia.

The wind project of a pre-qualified bidder must be located within Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio or Pennsylvania, be interconnected to the PJM Regional Transmission Operator (RTO), and have a minimum nameplate rating of 40 MW. The project must be commercially operational by Dec. 31, 2017.

The project must have started construction after Jan. 1, 2013.

Appalachian currently purchases generation from a total of 375 MW of wind projects within PJM. Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power).

One of APCO’s in-system resources includes the 100-MW Beech Ridge Wind project in Greenbrier County, West Virginia

APCO serves approximately 427,000 West Virginia retail customers and 520,000 Virginia retail customers. Currently APCO has nearly 6,600 MW of generating capacity, over 7,400 miles of transmission and over 54,000 miles of distribution lines.

If you have any questions concerning this RFP, please email APCOWindEnergyRFP2016@aep.com.

 

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