American Electric Power seeks 1,100 MW of renewables including hydro

Utility holding company American Electric Power seeks proposals for long-term supply of renewable energy up to 1,100 MW, including some hydropower. Bids are due June 30, 2009, Aug. 31, 2009, or Jan. 15, 2010, depending on the region where the power is to be delivered.

In 2008, renewable energy including some hydropower was solicited by AEP subsidiaries AEP Ohio (HydroWorld 5/30/08), Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (HydroWorld 5/2/08), Southwestern Electric Power (HydroWorld 4/24/08), and Appalachian Power. (HydroWorld 4/4/08)

In the current solicitation, AEP seeks proposals offering commercially proven technologies for renewable energy, including “low-impact” hydropower as well as wind, solar, geothermal, biofuel, biogas, and biomass energy sources.

Facilities must have an in-service date of Jan. 1, 2008, or later, and be capable of operating by Dec. 31, 2011. Projects must be interconnected with the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) Interconnection or the Southwest Power Pool.

Solicitation documents may be obtained from the AEP Internet site, www.aep.com/go/rfp. AEP will conduct pre-bid meetings via Internet webinar on June 16 for projects in the PJM and June 18 for projects in the Southwest Power Pool. Webinar information may be obtained from AEP website. Expression of interest forms are due by 5 p.m. EDT 15 days prior to the bid date.

Bids are due to the address below by: noon EDT June 30 for projects expected on line by Dec. 31, 2009, in the PJM region; noon EDT Aug. 31 for projects expected on line by Dec. 31, 2010, in the PJM and Southwest Power Pool regions; and noon EST Jan. 15, 2010, for projects expected on line by Dec. 31, 2011, in both regions.

For information, contact American Electric Power Service Corp., Attention: Peggy Simmons, RFP Manager, 155 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43215; (1) 614-583-6009; E-mail: pisimmons@aep.com.

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