Regulators Nix Appalachian Power’s Bid to Buy Two Wind Facilities

By Editors of Power Engineering

Appalachian Power’s plans to purchase two wind farms under development in two states was firmly rejected by the West Virginia Public Service Commission, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

The utility has said the facilities would benefit customers by preventing the need for outside energy purchases when prices are high, and renewable energy credits would cover construction costs.

Regulators said Appalachian Power didn’t have a need for the facilities in West Virginia and Ohio and said there were concerns customers would bear the costs of their long-term upkeep.

The 50-MW Beech Ridge is under development in Greenbrier County, West Virginia and the 175-MW Hardin Wind Facility is under development in Hardin County, Ohio. Both are under development by Invenergy.

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