AEP Sustainability - Renewables

Renewables

Our vision for a clean energy future focuses on promoting and investing in regulated and contracted renewables. As renewable resources become more affordable due to advances in technology and support from federal tax credits, we see these clean options capturing larger shares of our integrated resource plans (IRPs).

Our transition to a clean energy future is tied to our investment strategy. From 2021 through 2025, we plan to invest $37 billion in capital, with the bulk allocated to regulated businesses and renewables. We plan to invest 14% of our capital through 2025 in renewable energy within and outside our traditional service territory. This includes $2.8 billion planned for investment in regulated renewable generation and $2.1 billion in competitive, contracted renewables.

By 2030, our current resource plans call for our regulated utilities to add up to 5,910 MW of solar, up to 10,685 MW of wind and 2,266 MW of natural gas. We expect renewables will represent 51% of our generating resource mix by 2030.

AEP Energy Supply, which includes AEP’s competitive businesses, Energy Partners, AEP Renewables, AEP Energy and AEP OnSite Partners, provides commodity or asset solutions where allowed nationwide. Synergies among our subsidiary companies offer customers custom energy solutions ranging from energy supply to technology, sustainability and advisory services. We own, operate and support behind-the-meter projects and utility-scale renewable projects, as well as third party renewable assets/projects.

Investing in transmission lines and substations is critical to enabling the nation’s renewable energy strategy. From 2021 through 2025, we expect to allocate 72% of our capital investments to modernize the energy grid and enhance reliability and resilience. Our experience, skillsets, assets and resources serve as the backbone and integrator of renewables. By adding and applying new technologies to optimize distribution and transmission networks, we will be better equipped to continue delivering reliable and affordable clean energy to our customers. Learn more about our grid investments in the Reliability & Resilience section.

Recent Headlines


Appalachian Power Issues Its Largest Request for Wind Energy Resources

Appalachian Power today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) of wind and/or 100 MW of solar generation resources with optional battery energy-storage systems. The proposals will help the company meet the renewable energy requirements established by Virginia’s Clean Economy Act (VCEA).  Under the VCEA, Appalachian Power must meet annual targets as it works toward 100% carbon-free energy in its Virginia service territory by 2050.

Appalachian Power Files Its Most Robust Renewables Plan to Date, Intends to Add Nearly 500 Megawatts of Solar and Wind over the Next Three Years

Appalachian Power seeks to acquire or contract for 294 megawatts (MW) of solar and 204 MW of wind power over the next three years as part of its long-range plan to meet the renewable energy targets established by the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA). Passed in 2020 by the General Assembly, the law requires the utility to file an annual plan with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) outlining how it will meet key mandates as it reaches 100 percent carbon-free status by 2050.

PSO Issues Requests for Proposals for Purchase of Wind and Solar Generation Resources

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), a subsidiary of American Electric Power, today submitted Requests for Proposals (RFP) for renewable energy resources to supply the needs of its customers. 

AEP OnSite Partners Solar Project Delivering Clean Energy to Barron, Wisconsin

AEP OnSite Partners, a leading developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions and subsidiary of American Electric Power, and the city of Barron, Wisconsin have partnered on a solar project to help serve the city’s energy needs. 

Second North Central Wind Project Begins Commercial Operation

American Electric Power’s  287-megawatt (MW) Maverick Wind Energy Center in north central Oklahoma has begun commercial operation. Located southwest of Enid, Oklahoma, Maverick is one of three wind projects that compose the North Central Energy Facilities, which will provide 1,485 MW of clean energy to customers of AEP’s Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) and Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) subsidiaries.

AEP Energy and Doral LLC Execute Additional Solar Power Purchase Agreement in PJM

AEP Energy, a subsidiary of American Electric Power and one of the largest electric energy wholesale suppliers in the U.S., and Doral Renewables LLC (formerly named, Global Energy Generation LLC) (now d/b/a/ Doral LLC), a leading developer of renewable energy projects, primarily in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, announced today that they have signed an additional long-term renewable energy purchase agreement for the second phase of the Mammoth solar project in Indiana.


Our stakeholders’ demand for clean energy drives our renewable energy portfolio growth. We listen to their needs and develop energy solutions that are right for them. Regulatory support in our jurisdictions is vital to our clean energy resource investments. As renewable resources are becoming more cost-competitive compared with other forms of generation, we see growth of renewable penetration within the Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs). As a result, RTOs have been required to both clarify and reconsider some of their rules to accommodate the growth of renewable generation, which is an intermittent resource.

North Central Wind Energy Facilities Project

In 2020, Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) and Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) received approvals needed to acquire North Central Wind Energy Facilities in Oklahoma. The approximate $2 billion investment will deliver 1,485 MW of clean, renewable energy to customers in Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The project is expected to save our customers an estimated $3 billion over the next 30 years. It will also support local and regional economic and business development while helping our customers achieve their renewable energy goals.

Distributed Energy Resources

Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) include technologies such as solar panels, wind turbines and battery storage systems. DERs can provide a self-sufficient generation resource that can be isolated from the rest of the grid in the event of an outage. AEP is increasingly evaluating DERs to provide cost-effective solutions, at times of peak demand. Learn more about technology investments that are enabling the usage of DERs in the Energy Technology section.

We support our customers who are installing their own DERs and seek rates that accurately reflect the true cost to serve them. We launched a new easy-to-use solar calculator providing residential customers with accurate and objective information on the benefits and costs of rooftop solar energy. With information from the solar calculator, customers can make fully informed decisions about their options. In only a few minutes, they will better understand their home’s solar potential through a personal assessment.