AEP joins Electric Drive Transportation Association

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 22, 2007 – American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has joined the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA).

EDTA is the trade association representing battery, hybrid and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure. The organization conducts public policy advocacy, education, industry networking and international conferences. Its membership includes automotive and other equipment manufacturers, technology developers, component suppliers and government agencies.

“AEP expects electric drive to have a significant impact on our business, and we are determined to be ready for that,” said Larry Dickerman, director – distribution engineering services for AEP. “We look forward to working with the other utilities in EDTA, and association members from other business sectors, as we explore options relating to electrifying transportation.

“This is an area that will help us fulfill our sustainability goals as both a fleet owner and an energy provider,” he said.

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.
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David Hagelin
Corporate Media Relations