AEP utility in Oklahoma issues RFP for wind resources

Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO), a subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), is requesting proposals for additional wind energy resources to be in commercial operation by Dec. 31, 2018.

Proposed projects must be located in Oklahoma and must have a minimum nameplate rating of 80 MW, PSO said Sept. 28. The RFP indicates that the utility is looking for between 100 MW and 300 MW of Oklahoma wind energy resources.

Bids are due by Oct. 27. A bidder conference is scheduled Oct. 12. An initial short-list will be identified Nov. 11 and final contracts are expected to be executed around Jan. 13, 2017.

Wind Projects that are already in commercial operation may submit the project, or an expansion of the project into this RFP, provided it has a dedicated separately metered interconnection agreement.

The Wind Project must be interconnected to a transmission facility in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).

PSO is an AEP electric utility company serving more than 545,000 customers in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma. Based in Tulsa, PSO has nearly 3,800 MW of generating capacity and is one of the largest distributors of wind energy in the state. In addition, PSO has over 3,600 miles of transmission and 22,000 miles of distribution lines.

PSO has executed long-term wind energy purchase agreements totaling approximately 1,137 MW. Three of the largest ones are Goodwell, Balko and Selling, all of which are rated at roughly 200 MW. 

For details and to sign up for the bidder’s conference, please email PSOWindEnergyRFP2016@aep.com.

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