AEP Ohio Issues RFP For Solar Renewable Energy Certificates

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 15, 2009 – AEP Ohio, an operating unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), is seeking proposals for up to 1,800 solar Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). The RECs must be associated with electricity generated between July 31, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2009, from solar renewable resources with a placed-in-service date of Jan. 1, 1998, or later.

The RECs must be sourced from solar renewable resources located within Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania or West Virginia, or derived from a facility in another state that can demonstrate that the electricity is physically deliverable into the state of Ohio.

The solicitation is to provide AEP Ohio with solar resources as required by Ohio law.

In addition to the purchase of the RECs, AEP Ohio recently signed a 20-year power purchase agreement to purchase all of the output of a 10.08-megawatt solar energy facility to be built in Wyandot County, Ohio. That facility is expected to be on line by mid-summer 2010.

A copy of the RFP is available at AEP Ohio’s web site,

Proposals are due Aug. 24, 2009. Questions should be sent by e-mail to Peggy Simmons, RFP manager, at

AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of major AEP subsidiaries Columbus Southern Power Company and Ohio Power Company in Ohio, and Wheeling Power Company in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power.

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP’s transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.

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Melissa McHenry
Sr. Manager, Corporate Media Relations