Appalachian Power plans to expand wind power

The Associated Press

Appalachian Power plans to add up to 150 megawatts of wind power to its renewable energy portfolio.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Appalachian Power plans to add up to 150 megawatts of wind power to its renewable energy portfolio.

In a regulatory filing, the company says it plans to issue a request for proposals from bidders in February 2016. The company will seek proposals to purchase wind power assets or to buy electricity generated by wind power projects.

Appalachian Power asked the West Virginia Public Service Commission on Friday to approve its request for proposals.

The PSC's approval is required under a December 2014 deal that transferred 50 percent of the company's interest in a coal-fired power plant to Wheeling Power Company. Under that deal, the PSC required the companies to issue a request for proposals when they seek energy and capacity exceeding 100 megawatts.

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