Alabama regulators OK construction of renewable energy generation projects

Alabama Public Service Commission OKs construction of renewable energy generation projects

Alabama Power has convinced state regulators to allow the company to pursue a number of renewable energy generation projects.

In a 3-0 vote, the Alabama Public Service Commission approved the company's proposal to construct up to 500 MW of renewable energy generation projects over the next six years.

According to Alabama Media Group’s AL.com, the decision will help Alabama Power meet the demands of larger customers, like businesses and military facilities, said company spokesman Michael Sznajderman.

Sznajderman went on to say the projects could include solar and wind installations or purchase agreements for renewable energy generated outside of Alabama.

The commission included some modifications to the proposal during the vote, including requirements that Alabama Power submit generic requests for project approval on a biennial basis.  Individual projects also must be approved by the commission, which set a limit at no more than 160 MW submitted in a calendar year.

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