Investment in Renewable Resources
AEP's growing renewables portfolio helps meet our customers' energy needs while also reducing our environmental impact.
Our Indiana Michigan Power subsidiary based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, completed AEP’s first large-scale solar project in late 2015. The Deer Creek Solar Facility, just south of Marion, Indiana, went online Dec. 31 and can generate up to 2.5 megawatts (MW) of electricity. Three other facilities in Indiana and Michigan will begin generating solar power in 2016. Combined, the four facilities will have a capacity of nearly 15 MW and produce enough energy to power 2,000 homes annually.
Our AEP Energy subsidiary partnered with the City of Clyde, Ohio, in 2015 to design, build, own and operate a 3.6-MW solar energy array.
AEP also has installed solar arrays at several of its facilities to learn more about the technology's performance.
We've had an active wind generation development program since the mid-1990s. AEP supplies electricity from renewable wind resources in three ways: purchased power agreements, ownership and international development.
Purchased Power Agreements
We sign long-term purchased power agreements with wind project developers to increase our renewable portfolio without requiring capital investment in the wind facilities.
- AEP Energy Partners owns 310.5 MW of wind generation capacity in Texas.
- The Trent Mesa Wind Farm near Abilene, Texas, in Nolan and Taylor counties, was completed in 2001 and has 150 MW of capacity. The energy is sold to Luminant under a wholesale energy supply contract.
- The Desert Sky Wind Farm near Iraan in Pecos County, Texas, also was completed in 2001 and has 160 MW of capacity. The energy is sold to CPS Energy of San Antonio under wholesale energy supply contracts.
We have 17 hydroelectric generating facilities in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, generating more than 800 MW of electricity. We own and operate two types of facilities: run-of-the-river and pumped storage.
- The Smith Mountain Hydro Project on the Roanoke River southeast of Roanoke, Virginia, was the nation's first major development that combined run-of-the-river hydro with pumped storage generation. Water held in the lower reservoir (Leesville) is pumped back into the upper reservoir (Smith Mountain) during off-peak hours for use in generating electricity during times of peak demand. The Smith Mountain and Leesville facilities have a combined generation capacity of more than 600 MW.
- The Claytor Hydro facility on the New River in Virginia, is our next largest hydro project with a capacity of 76 MW.
Read about our hydroelectric facilities.