Appalachian Power seeks approval to offer 100 percent renewable energy to Virginia customers

Published on May 12, 2016 by Jessica Limardo

Appalachian Power filed a request on May 4 for the approval of an alternative rate that allows its Virginia customers the ability to fully source their electric energy from renewable sources, including wind, hydroelectric and solar power sources.

The request was filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) to allow customers to purchase 100 percent of their electric energy from carbon-free, renewable sources. The proposed Rider REO will be part of Appalachian Power’s Virginia Tariff if approved. The rider would provide clean power generation to all of its customers who opt-in and is available to all customer classes.

“Rider REO will give our customers an easy way to use only renewable energy at a delivered cost competitive with standard service,” James Fawcett, Appalachian Power’s energy efficiency and alternative energy initiatives manager, said. “We expect that the ability to deliver 100 percent renewable energy will also provide economic development benefits to potential commercial and industrial customers seeking that requirement. As customer participation grows, Appalachian Power is committed to procuring additional resources to meet that demand.”

Appalachian Power has set aside a portfolio totaling 423 megawatts sourced from wind and hydroelectric resources currently online. The company will continue to develop its renewable energy infrastructure, including additional wind turbines and the addition of solar panels, over time.

The filing is available for public viewing on the SCC website. A date for review is forthcoming.