AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power recently issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit information from companies that have an interest in participating in a future AEP Ohio Request for Proposals for obtaining Solar Energy Resources (5 MW or greater) through long-term power purchase agreements.
In accordance with an Order issued on March 31, 2016 by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) in Case No. 14-1693-EL-RDR, the Commission approved a Stipulation with certain requirements. AEP Ohio, as part of the Stipulation, committed to propose new renewable projects in the state totaling 500 MW from wind energy resources and 400 MW from solar energy resources. The Stipulation also indicates that preference will be given to solar projects that are sited in Appalachian Ohio, create permanent manufacturing jobs in Appalachian Ohio, and commit to hiring Ohio military veterans.
In addition, AEP affiliates will have the right to initially own up to 50 percent of the projects. The renewable energy projects must be approved by the PUCO.AEP Ohio currently has long-term power purchase agreements with the 10 MW Wyandot Solar Farm near Upper Sandusky, OH, and the Fowler Ridge (100 MW, Benton and Tippacanoe Counties, IN) and Timber Road (99 MW, Paulding, OH) wind farms.AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of major AEP subsidiary Ohio Power Company in Ohio. AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at AEPOhio.com.
American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 223,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 31,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), NEWS from AEP Ohio Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.