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AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER ENDORSES CLINTON CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION PLAN

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. E. Linn Draper Jr., chairman, president and CEO of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), one of the nation's largest coal-burning electric utilities, today pledged support for the Clinton Administration's Climate Change Action Plan.
 "This plan will help all of us reduce greenhouse gases on a voluntary basis. It will improve the global environment through energy efficiency, conservation and forestry management and will help us reduce emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2000," Draper said.
 "By focusing on a voluntary program to achieve these goals, this plan will solidify our partnership with the Department of Energy," he said. "Many of the concepts now under study by the Edison Electric Institute and its member utilities will broaden existing programs and promote wise energy use by our customers. It's now up to all affected businesses to demonstrate they can reduce the greenhouse gases in a cost- effective way."
 The Administration's plan addresses earlier industry concerns that an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would affect competitive positions or be unacceptable to utility regulators.
 "I believe utilities will welcome this voluntary program, and I'm confident that it will produce positive results for the U.S. and the world in the years ahead," Draper said. Nearly 90 percent of the AEP System's power generation requirements are met by coal combustion.
 "I am proud of our overall efficiency, our energy conservation programs and our forest management and tree-plantings that have been active for many years. Recently, we joined the U.S. EPA's Green Lights program, which encourages use of high-efficiency lighting," Draper said.
 President Clinton invited Draper to attend the announcement of the administration's Climate Action Plan.
 The AEP System's seven operating companies serve seven million people in seven east-central states: Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.
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 /CONTACT: Luke M. Feck, senior vice president-public affairs of American Electric Power Service Corporation, 614-223-1650/
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