AEP Honored For Fifth Consecutive Year As One Of The Best Companies For Multicultural Women

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 25, 2010 – American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) is among 23 companies nationwide recognized as the “best companies for multicultural women” in the June issue of Working Mother magazine, a national publication targeting career-committed mothers.

AEP is the only company based in central Ohio, and the only electric utility, to be honored. The company has received this recognition for the last five years.

“We are thrilled that Working Mother has once again recognized AEP’s efforts to create a rewarding, supportive work environment for all of our employees,” said Michael G. Morris, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We take great pride in having a diverse work force and believe that each employee can bring unique talents, perspectives and experiences to the table to help us succeed.”

The honored companies were chosen based on 2009 data about hiring, pay and promotion of multicultural employees and information about workplace diversity programs and company culture.

Honorees will be formally recognized at the Multicultural Women’s National Conference sponsored by Working Mother Media in New York City July 27-28.

AEP also has been named one of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” by Working Mother magazine five times in the past eight years. In 2007 and 2010, AEP was recognized as one of the top 50 companies for executive women by the National Association for Female Executives, which is affiliated with Working Mother.

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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Tammy Ridout
Corporate Media Relations