Appalachian Power Issues RFP for 1,000 MW of Renewable Energy

Appalachian Power is requesting proposals for up to 1,000MW of wind power and/or 100MW of solar generation resources. The proposals will help the company meet the renewable energy requirements established by Virginia’s Clean Economy Act (VCEA).  Appalachian Power must achieve annual targets under the VCEA to reach its goal of 100% carbon-free energy by 2050 in its Virginia service territory.

The company wants to acquire completed wind and/or photovoltaic projects through one of several purchase and sale agreements. The facilities must be at least 50MW in size with a commercial operating date of no later that December 15, 2025. Potential bidders for solar projects may include proposals that include a battery-energy storage option. For solar projects to be considered, they must be located in Virginia. Wind projects may be found outside the commonwealth.

All projects must be connected to PJM. This independent regional transmission agency manages the electric grid in 13 US states, including Virginia. Appalachian Power could acquire one or multiple wind/solar facilities from any of the winning bidders who meet specific economic and operational criteria under the RFP.

“We’ve made significant progress in establishing our renewables portfolio over the past two years,” says Chris Beam, Appalachian Power’s president and COO.  “This is the largest RFP we’ve issued for wind to date, and we intend to issue additional requests for proposals this year as we work to provide more clean energy options for our customers.”

The RFP’s issued later this year will be for energy storage and solar power purchase agreements. You can find all the requirements and details needed to submit a proposal online. Proposals must reach Appalachian Power by March 8, 2022.  Appalachian Power may select any project through the RFP process, but only if the regulatory authorities approve it.

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