American Electric Power Seeks Bids For Illinois Basin Coal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 20, 2011– American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) is seeking offers for the supply of IllinoisBasincoal to one or more of its generating stations.

AEPis seeking term delivery proposals for up to 3 million tons of Illinois Basin coal per year beginning Jan. 1, 2013 for a period of three or five years. AEPis open to alternative pricing structures or other innovative, value-added concepts. Proposals with alternative terms will be accepted. Actual accepted bids will be at AEP’s discretion.

Coal Proposal Package(s) must be received by AEPno later than 5 p.m., Monday, May 16, 2011. Proposals can be submitted by e-mail to coalrfp@aep.com, by fax to (614) 583-1619 (Attn. Chuck West), or by mail to Chuck West, Manager, Fuel Procurement - Coal, American Electric Power Service Corp., 155 W. Nationwide Blvd., Suite 500, Columbus, Ohio43215. Complete details about the Requests for Proposals are available at www.aep.com/go/coaloffers or by calling West at (614) 583-6112 or Tina Sefcik at (614) 583-6028.

-AEPSC Coal RFP (DOC)
-Terms and Conditions (PDF)

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 Virginiaand West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisianaand east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.

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