AEP Ohio 300-MW renewables request includes hydro

American Electric Power subsidiary AEP Ohio seeks proposals for long-term supply of renewable energy up to 300 MW, including some hydropower. Expressions of interest are due June 19, with bids due July 15.

Proposals must rely on commercially proven technologies for renewable energy, including hydropower certified by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, and wind, solar, geothermal, biofuels, biogas, and biomass.

Hydro resources must have a minimum nameplate rating of 2 MW and must be certified by LIHI, a voluntary program designed to help consumers identify environmentally sound, low-impact hydro facilities for emerging �green� energy markets. (HNN 4/9/08)

Facilities must have an in-service date of Jan. 1, 1998, or later, and be capable of operating by Dec. 31, 2010. AEP Ohio said it expects to award one or more 20-year power purchase agreements.

AEP subsidiary American Electric Power Service Corp. is administering the solicitation on behalf of Columbus Southern Power Co. and Ohio Power Co., collectively AEP Ohio. Headquartered in Gahanna, Ohio, AEP Ohio provides electricity to about 1.5 million customers in Ohio and West Virginia.

Over several months, AEP has issued requests for proposals seeking 665 MW of renewable energy. In addition to the AEP Ohio RFP, AEP is seeking 200 MW for Public Service Co. of Oklahoma customers (HNN 5/2/08), 65 MW for Southwestern Electric Power Co. customers (HNN 4/24/08), and 100 MW to serve Appalachian Power customers. (HNN 4/4/08)

A pre-bid conference call for potential bidders in the AEP Ohio RFP is planned June 12. Dial-in information is to be available before the meeting on the Internet at www.aepohio.com/go/rfp. During the conference, American Electric Power Service will outline the solicitation and answer questions.

Proposals are due July 15 to: American Electric Power Service Corp., Attention: Peggy Simmons, RFP Manager, 155 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43215. American Electric Power Service expects to notify short-listed bidders Sept. 1, select preferred bidders Oct. 1, and complete contracts by Dec. 1.

For information, use the �Submit a Question Form� link on Internet site www.aepohio.com/go/rfp.

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