Indiana Michigan Power’s Cook Plant Unit 1 Back On-Line Following Planned Maintenance Outage

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BRIDGMAN, Mich., March 18, 2011 – Indiana Michigan Power’s Cook Nuclear Plant Unit 1 was brought back on-line yesterday at 10:52 p.m. after a planned outage to perform maintenance on the unit’s main generator. The total duration of the outage was 5 days, 20 hours.

At full capacity, the 1,030-net MW Unit 1 and 1,077-net MW Unit 2 combined produce enough electricity for more than one and one half million average homes.

Indiana Michigan Power is a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP). 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 MW 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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Bill Downey
Communications Representative
Office: 269.466.2955
Cell: 269.405.0184
wrdowney@aep.com