American Electric Power Companies Seek Wind Power

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American Electric Power (AEP) companies Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO) have each announced a request for proposals (RFPs) for wind power resources.

SWEPCO is seeking up to 1.2 GW of additional wind energy resources to be in commercial operation by Dec. 15, 2021. The company is looking to acquire new or existing projects that qualify for at least 80% of the federal production tax credit (PTC).

Proposals, due March 1, must have a minimum nameplate rating of 100 MW. In addition, projects must be located in and interconnected to the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) regional grid in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas or Oklahoma. SWEPCO customers are already served by 469 MW of wind energy from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas through multiple power purchase agreements.

“SWEPCO continues to see strong customer interest in more renewable energy to meet their sustainability and renewable energy goals,” says Malcolm Smoak, SWEPCO’s president and chief operating officer. “At the same time, SWEPCO is seeking proposals that will save customers money and further diversify our energy resource mix.”

PSO is requesting proposals – also due March 1 – for additional wind energy resources to be in commercial operation by the end of 2021. These projects must also be located in and interconnected to the SPP regional grid in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana or Texas and must have a minimum nameplate rating of 100 MW.

“We’re seeking proposals for new wind energy as part of our commitment to providing affordable energy to our customers,” says Peggy Simmons, PSO’s president and chief operating officer. “We’re requesting proposals that will meet customers’ expressed interest in renewable energy, diversify our energy supply and provide cost-savings.”

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