AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purchase of wind-energy assets as the company seeks to add more renewable energy to its diverse resource mix.
Proposals for up to 100 MW, with a minimum nameplate rating of 80 MW, are due September 15, 2016. SWEPCO is seeking bids for projects that can be placed in commercial operation by December 31, 2018.
“With the potential purchase of newly completed wind-energy facilities, we are continuing SWEPCO’s strategy of diversifying our resource mix to provide reliable and affordable electricity for our customers in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas,” said Venita McCellon-Allen, SWEPCO President and CEO.
Projects must be interconnected to the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and located in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas or Missouri. Any projects selected through the RFP process will be reviewed for regulatory approval by the Arkansas Public Service Commission, Louisiana Public Service Commission, and Public Utility Commission of Texas.
“Our plans include significant increases in renewable energy, including wind and solar, and energy efficiency over the next 20 years,” added McCellon-Allen. SWEPCO already has 469 MW of wind energy through purchase power agreements. With this RFP, we are seeking additional low-cost wind energy resources to serve our customers.”
The RFP was issued by American Electric Power Service Corp. on behalf of SWEPCO. AEPSC and SWEPCO are units of American Electric Power (AEP). AEP is one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states.
SWEPCO serves 530,000 customers in northwestern and western Arkansas, central Louisiana, East Texas and the Panhandle area of North Texas.
Required application forms and additional information can be found at: www.SWEPCO.com/go/rfp
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