Alabama Power Renewable Energy Project Approved

Published By : 02 Sep 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The Public Service Commission of Alabama has approved a proposal made by Alabama Power to build renewable energy sources. The project is a six year long construction deal that will add 500 megawatts of renewable energy to the state’s power generation, and was approved with a 3-0 vote.

Michael Sznajderman, spokesperson for Alabama Power, said that the current decision will let the company catch up to rising energy demands of the state, especially made by larger customers. The list includes military facilities and business housings that have requested to add a source of renewable energy to their profile.

Customer needs will be considered while building the new project to create more specific power plants for Alabama Power. The sources can include solar and wind installations that can have capacities of 80 MW each. Customers can also avail purchase agreements for renewable energy from outside of Alabama.

Michael said Alabama Power has been conducting conversations with its customers, including military bases. After receiving a thumbs up from the PSC, the company can finally move fast to build as many of these plants as possible.

Noel Cain, the regulatory policy manager for Alabama Power, had spoken in a public hearing in August regarding the renewable power generation project. He said that multiple Fortune 500 firms as well as military bodies have created renewable energy mandates. Possessing the ability to complete renewable energy projects will certainly help attract more businesses to the Alabama utility service area.

Cain added that there are a few customers that come with a deadline, making time a critical factor in completing the project.
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