August 17, 2008

Appalachian Power to Buy Greenbrier Wind Farm Power

Appalachian Power Co. plans to buy electricity from a wind farm that's being developed in Greenbrier County.

Appalachian Power's parent, Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power, announced the 20-year purchase agreement with Beech Ridge Energy LLC on Thursday.

AEP says Appalachian Power plans to buy between 100 and 147 megawatts, the entire output of the 186-megawatt project's first phase.

The deal is subject to approval from the West Virginia Public Service Commission. AEP says it also hinges on renewal of the federal production tax credit for renewable energy for 2009.

AEP officials declined to say how much the company would pay for the electricity, saying the pricing terms are confidential.

Appalachian Power serves 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.

- The Associated Press

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