AEP Ohio Issues RFP For Pre-Blended Coal And Biomass Fuel

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 12, 2010 – AEP Ohio, an operating unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), is seeking proposals for the supply of pre-blended coal and sustainable biomass fuel for use at its Picway, Muskingum River, Conesville, Gavin and Cardinal plants in Ohio.

AEP is seeking proposals for spot deliveries of pre-blended coal and biomass by barge, truck or rail beginning as early as April 2010 and extending through December 2010 and term deliveries of biomass for terms of three and five years beginning in 2011. The solicitation is to provide AEP with pre-blended coal and biomass for use as renewable fuel to facilitate compliance with alternative energy requirements in Ohio.

AEP will consider pre-blends utilizing a variety of qualifying sustainable biomass fuels including, but not limited to: untreated organic material derived from plants and available on a renewable basis; non-treated byproducts of the wood manufacturing or pulping process; other vegetation waste, algae and biodegradable solid waste; and byproducts of preventative forest treatments harvested from public lands in accordance with public laws. Supply agreements will be contingent on a detailed review of the supply source, chemical make-up, consistency of blended product and a successful completion of test burns to establish operation capability at one or more plants including Picway, Muskingum River, Conesville, Gavin and Cardinal.

The RFP, including additional specifications, is available at

Spot delivery proposals are due Feb. 26. Term proposals are due March 5.

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