AEP Honored For Disaster Assistance And Response
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 10, 2013
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
ofTexas. AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian
Power (in Virginia andWest 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
Contact: MEDIA, Tammy Ridout, Corporate Media Relations, +1-614-716-2347
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