Environmental News Releases

October 14, 2003

AEP part of e7 project to construct micro-hydro turbine in Bhutan

The e7, an international group of leading energy companies, has finalized plans to construct a micro-hydro power plant to bring electricity for the first time to Chendebji, a small, remote village high in the Himalayan Mountains. Construction on the 70-kilowatt project is scheduled to begin in Bhutan in November.


May 27, 2003

AEP’s Walker recognized for contributions to wind energy

American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) Dallas employee Richard P. (Rick) Walker, director of business development for AEP Wind Energy, LLC, received the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Outstanding Contribution to the Wind Industry award during the organization’s WINDPOWER 2003 conference in Austin, Texas. Walker was honored for “selflessly contributing his time, energy and capability in support of the wind energy industry.”


May 23, 2003

DNR bands four falcons in Fort Wayne

American Electric Power (AEP) served as host today for the banding of four peregrine falcon chicks that hatched last month in the nesting box on the roof of One Summit Square, the tallest building in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) placed metal identification bands on the legs of the falcon chicks during the 10:30 a.m. event. The bands will help the DNR keep track of the young birds as they migrate either late this summer or in the fall.


May 22, 2003

Seismic survey to take place near Mountaineer Plant; drilling at plant will begin soon

As part of the carbon sequestration research project now going on at Mountaineer Plant in Mason County, seismic surveying will be done in a five- to 10-mile radius of the plant over the next several weeks.


May 19, 2003

AEP endorses policies to accelerate development of wind and other renewable energy resources

As one of the largest wind generators in the United States and a leader in addressing climate change, American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) supports policies to accelerate the development of renewable generating resources. During a presentation today at WindPower 2003, a conference of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), E. Linn Draper, AEP’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, recognized the progress that has been made in wind generation, but focused on the obstacles that must be addressed if the United States is going to significantly increase the amount of electricity generated from wind and other renewable sources.


April 25, 2003

AEP leads e7 program to install wind turbines in Galapagos

An international group of leading energy companies has announced plans to install wind turbines on environmentally sensitive San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Archipelago, replacing a substantial portion of the island’s electricity currently produced by large diesel-powered generators. American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) is leading the project team.


April 23, 2003

AEP carbon sequestration and reforestation project recognized by Southeast Region of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) Wednesday received a 2002 Regional Director’s Conservation Award from the Southeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for its work to acquire, protect and reforest more than 10,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forest near Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in east central Louisiana.


April 4, 2003

AEP carbon sequestration project recognized by Harvard University

American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), and five other project partners, received the 2003 Roy Family Award from Harvard University last night for their role in developing the Noel Kempff Mercado Climate Action Project in Bolivia. Recognizing AEP’s leadership role in the project, E. Linn Draper, Jr., AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer, provided the keynote address during the award ceremony at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


March 31, 2003

AEP supports EPA’s NSR reform process; says clarification of routine activities will eliminate uncertainty

American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) Monday said it strongly supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) efforts to clarify the types of activities that would constitute “routine maintenance, repair and replacement” under the agency’s New Source Review (NSR) program and urged the agency to complete work on its proposal as expeditiously as possible.


March 18, 2003

Environmental stewardship part of business at AEP

Saving a Bolivian rainforest, enhancing the habitat of 400,000 migratory waterfowl, and helping safeguard the giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands might not be activities normally associated with a Midwest-based electric utility company, but they are just some of the actions American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has undertaken as part of its corporate commitment to environmental stewardship. A new publication from AEP details these and other voluntary efforts by the company to help minimize the impact its business has on the global environment.


January 16, 2003

AEP joins Chicago Climate Exchange, commits to CO2 reduction targets

American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) announced today that it has joined the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), the first U.S. voluntary pilot program for trading of greenhouse gas emissions. AEP is one of 14 founding members announced today by the CCX at a news conference in Chicago.