AEP is one of America's largest generators of electricity, with an enviable fleet of power plants. However, our power generation business also includes barges, rail cars, transportation terminals and more.
AEP owns or operates more than 60 generating stations in the United States, with a capacity of approximately 31,000 megawatts.
While the size of our fleet of power plants is significant, it's the efficiency – and the resulting reliability and operational economies – that has earned AEP its reputation as a pioneering, innovative, dependable, low-cost producer of power.
AEP believes strongly in the merits of fuel diversity in generating electricity. Today, coal-fueled power plants account for approximately 60 percent of AEP's generating capacity, while natural gas represents 23 percent and nuclear 5 percent. The remaining capacity comes from wind, hydro, pumped storage and other sources, including energy efficiency. By 2026, we project that our coal-fueled generating capacity will drop to 45 percent, while natural gas capacity increases to 33 percent.
John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant
AEP's 600-megawatt John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant in Arkansas began operation in December 2012 and is the first in the United States to use ultra-supercritical advanced coal combustion technology. This technology requires less coal and produces fewer emissions to generate the same amount of power. See New Generation for more information on the Turk Plant.