The RFP will seek proposals that would allow Appalachian to own one or more wind projects or purchase the output from projects under one or more 20-year power purchase agreements.
Appalachian currently purchases generation from a total of 375 MW of wind projects within PJM. The utility, a unit of American Electric Power, has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power).
Wind projects selected by Appalachian through the RFP process will be reviewed for regulatory approval by the Virginia State Corp. Commission and the Public Service Commission of West Virginia.
The wind project of a pre-qualified bidder must be located within Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio or Pennsylvania; be interconnected to the PJM regional transmission organization; and have a minimum nameplate rating of 40 MW. Additionally, the project must be commercially operational by Dec. 31, 2017.
Pre-qualification forms must be returned by Jan. 29. Pre-qualified bidders will be notified by Feb. 12, the same day they are expected to receive the RFP. Final proposals will be due April 1.
Required application forms and additional information can be found here.