AEP Honored For Disaster Assistance And Response

Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:11pm EST

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COLUMBUS, Ohio,  Jan. 10, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- American Electric Power (NYSE:
AEP) and its utility subsidiaries were honored today by the Edison Electric
Institute (EEI) for their efforts to restore power and assist other electric
utilities in restoring power following two severe weather events in 2012. EEI is
the association of shareholder-owned electric utility companies.

AEP Ohio, Appalachian Power, Indiana Michigan Power and Kentucky Power received
EEI's Emergency Recovery Award for their response to the  June 29  super derecho
storm, which crossed the eastern  United States  with heavy rain, hail and
hurricane-force winds. Electric utilities experienced more than 4.3 million
customers without power in 10 states and the  District of Columbia, including
the 1.4 million AEP customers affected at the storm's peak.

In addition, AEP was honored with EEI's Emergency Assistance Award for the
efforts of more than 2,600 of the company's employees and contractors who
assisted other utilities following Hurricane Sandy in October. During the
restoration effort, approximately 50 percent of AEP's company and contract line
resources were working to help restore power for other utilities. AEP crews
primarily worked in  New York,  New Jersey  and  West Virginia.  

"We are so proud of the extraordinary efforts of our crews and support personnel
in getting the lights back on quickly and safely following these destructive
weather events," said  Robert P. Powers, AEP executive vice president and chief
operating officer. "Some of the crews were away from home for weeks assisting
other utility companies. The sacrifices our employees and contractors made and
their commitment to customers were remarkable, but not surprising. Our employees
have a long legacy of doing whatever is necessary to get power back on when
major weather events interrupt service."

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in  the United
States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states.
AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly
38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation's
largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that
includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other
U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP's transmission system directly or
indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern
Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern
and central U.S. states and eastern  Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the
electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas.
AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in 
Virginia  and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in  Tennessee), Indiana
Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of  Oklahoma, and
Southwestern Electric Power Company (in  Arkansas,  Louisiana  and east  Texas).
AEP's headquarters are in  Columbus, Ohio.

SOURCE  American Electric Power


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