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Vestas, EP Global Energy partner for donor-funded wind farm in Jordan

Vestas, EP Global Energy partner for donor-funded wind farm in Jordan

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas and private energy asset developer EP Global En...

World Bank commits $5 billion for African renewable energy projects

World Bank commits $5 billion for African renewable energy projects

The World Bank Group has committed US$5 billion towards supporting energy projec...

Seven creative ways to teach your kids about eco-living

Seven creative ways to teach your kids about eco-living

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3.1 million jobs in the United States w...

$50 million A.D.B. loan to develop Indonesia’s geothermal potential

$50 million A.D.B. loan to develop Indonesia’s geothermal potential

The Asian Development Bank will provide Indonesia a loan of up to $50 million to...

Iberdrola completes its first three renewable energy projects in South Africa

Iberdrola completes its first three renewable energy projects in South Africa

Iberdrola has completed two wind farms and a photovoltaic power plant in South A...

Former Irish president appointed as special envoy for climate change

Former Irish president appointed as special envoy for climate change

Former Irish President Mary Robinson has been appointed by United Nations Secret...

The truth about the forthcoming endangered cities

The truth about the forthcoming endangered cities

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Business

Technology

300 billion tons of carbon dioxide to continue to spew from existing power plants

300 billion tons of carbon dioxide to continue to spew from existing power plants

Monday, 01 September 2014

Existing power plants around the world are expected to pump out more than 300 billion tons of carbon dioxide over their lifetime. According to Univers...

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Politics

Living Green

Ways to save energy at home

Ways to save energy at home

Monday, 01 September 2014

Higher energy bills are a sign of us wasting energy, but you can change that around with some smart management of your home. The tips ahead will give ...

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Renewables

Renewable energy expansion slowing down – I.E.A. report

Renewable energy expansion slowing down – I.E.A. report

Monday, 01 September 2014

The growth of new renewable power is projected to slow and stabilize after 2014, according to a new report released by the International Energy Agency...

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Low-Carbon

Proterra, Kings County Metro bring electric buses to Seattle

Proterra, Kings County Metro bring electric buses to Seattle

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Proterra Inc. has sold two 40-foot battery-electric transit buses and a fast charge system to King County Metro in Seattle, Washington. King County Me...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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American Electric Power issues request for proposals for 1,100 MW of renewable energy resources


Company logo of American Electric Power. Image sourced
from American Electric Power

American Electric Power (AEP), one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) that seeks long-term purchases of up to 1,100 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy resources.

These proposals must include wind, certified low-impact hydro, commercial-scale solar, geothermal, biologically-derived methane gas, and certain biomass and biofuels energy projects. The electricity generated from these renewable energy resources must be interconnected to PJM Interconnection (PJM) or Southwest Power Pool (SPP). The generation should be fully operational no later than December 31, 2011.

The RFP for renewable energy resources aids in AEP’s goal to add two gigawatts of new wind or other renewable energy by the end of 2011. This is part of the company’s plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

The company’s wind portfolio consists of 1,783 MW of wind energy, including 310 MW owned and operated by AEP in Texas and 1,473 MW acquired through long-term power purchase agreements.

By diversifying its fuel mix with additional renewable energy resources, the company will be able to expand the development of these energy resources, supply power to its customers, and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions, said Michael Morris, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AEP.

“Expansion of renewable power will require significant investment in transmission infrastructure to transport renewable energy from where it can be viably produced to population centers. On a national level, we must move forward with legislation that will support construction of a national extra-high voltage transmission system. Without significant extra-high voltage transmission investment, our national renewable aspirations cannot be achieved,” he added.

American Electric Power is one of the largest generators of electricity in the United States, owning nearly 38 gigawatts of generating capacity in the country. The company also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission systems, a 39,000-mile network that includes more than 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines. AEP’s headquarters is located in Columbus, Ohio.


- Natassia Y. Laforteza


Sources:

1 http://www.aep.com/newsroom/newsreleases/?id=1551
2 http://www.aep.com/

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