American Electric Power Co (AEP) of Ohio, is considering a 400 MW wind plant in West Virginia, but the possibility is considered "distant." AEP is monitoring developments in wind energy, confirms the utility's Mike Mahoney, but wind technology did not make the final cut of the utility's 20 year Integrated Resource Plan issued at the end of April. "Wind is a distant possibility," he comments. "There are few spots in our service area where [wind] really makes a lot of sense and where we could overcome environmental and political concerns." Wind developments will be carefully monitored at AEP as the technology fits well with President Clinton's climate change plan, he adds. AEP had been reported to be in extensive discussions with Kenetech Windpower regarding building the potential wind farm by the year 2000.
AEP, based in Columbus, has $5.25 billion in annual revenues and a total generating capacity of 24,000 MW. It is not projected to need additional capacity until after the year 2005. Of supply side options scrutinised, four made the final cut -- a 160 MW gas-fired combustion turbine; a 234 MW gas-combined cycle turbine; a 900 MW pulverised coal plant with scrubbers; and pump storage hydro.
Kenetech Windpower declined to comment on discussions with AEP.
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