Renewable Energy, Wind

AEP SWEPCO signs wind power purchase agreements for 359 MW

Shreveport, La., January 25, 2012 — American Electric Power unit Southwestern Electric Power Co. signed long-term power purchase agreements for a total of 358.65 MW of renewable energy from wind projects in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Together with a 49.2-MW agreement signed by the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, SWEPCO and its affiliates have exceeded the 400-MW renewable energy commitment in a recent settlement of legal issues involving the John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant.

The agreements will more than quadruple wind energy portfolio. The new series of 20-year agreements includes:

* Three contracts totaling 201.25 MW from Canadian Hills Wind, LLC, owned by Apex Wind Energy Holdings, LLC and located in Canadian County, west of Oklahoma City, Okla.

* 79.6 MW from High Majestic Wind II, LLC, owned by NextEra Energy Resources, LLC and located in Carson and Potter Counties in the Texas Panhandle.

* 77.8 MW from Flat Ridge 2 Wind Energy, LLC, owned by BP Wind Energy and Sempra U.S. Gas and Power and located in Barber, Harper, Kingman and Sumner Counties, southwest of Wichita, Kan.

Separately, OMPA, a co-owner of the Turk Plant, has signed a 25-year agreement for 49.2 MW from the Canadian Hills Wind project.

The wind resources will be interconnected to SWEPCO through the transmission facilities of the Southwest Power Pool, the regional transmission organization that includes SWEPCO and other utilities across parts of nine states.

Flat Ridge 2, High Majestic Wind II and Canadian Hills Wind are expected to come on line by the end of 2012.