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February 06, 2023

AEP Names Duncan Senior Vice President of Federal Affairs

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 6, 2023 – American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP) has named Emily J. Duncan senior vice president, Federal Affairs, effective Feb. 13 working in the company’s Washington D.C. office. Duncan is currently vice president, Government Relations for National Grid.

Duncan will be responsible for managing AEP’s relationships with federal government officials, members of Congress, various federal regulatory agencies and industry trade groups. She replaces Tony Kavanagh who will retire after more than 31 years of dedicated service to the company. Kavanagh will serve as senior vice president, Washington Office until his retirement June 30. Duncan will report to Raja Sundararajan, executive vice president, External Affairs.

“Tony has led our Washington D.C. office and been a trusted resource for federal policy makers for decades. His knowledge and ability to build relationships have been invaluable to AEP,” said Sundararajan. “We wish him all the best in retirement.

 “Emily brings 15 years of legislative and regulatory experience working on a variety of important energy policy issues. Her extensive industry knowledge, stellar reputation and dynamic leadership will allow AEP to continue to enhance the safe and reliable electric service we provide to our customers.”

Duncan, 40, was named vice president of government relations and head of National Grid’s Washington, D.C. office in April 2021. Previously she served as their director of federal government affairs.

Before joining National Grid in 2015, she worked for more than four years at the Solar Energy Industries Association, the national trade association for the solar industry. There, Duncan served in several roles, rising to become the association’s director of Government Affairs & Counsel.

Duncan is past chair of the Board of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and is a past-president of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network. She has served on the boards of the British American Business Association, the Clean Energy Business Network, the Global Business Alliance, National Energy Resources Organization, the BCSE Foundation, and Women in Government Relations. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Pennsylvania’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her law degree from Duke University.

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is powering a cleaner, brighter energy future for its customers and communities. AEP’s approximately 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines to safely deliver reliable and affordable power to 5.5 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 31,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including more than 6,900 megawatts of renewable energy. The company’s plans include growing its renewable generation portfolio to approximately 50% of total capacity by 2032. AEP is on track to reach an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 and has committed to achieving net zero by 2045. AEP is recognized consistently for its focus on sustainability, community engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities 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, east Texas and the Texas Panhandle). AEP also owns AEP Energy, which provides innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide. For more information, visit

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