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AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER FILES TRANSMISSION TARIFFS; REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO TRANSMISSION ACCESS

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) today filed its proposed transmission service tariff with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), reconfirming a commitment to provide transmission services to eligible electric generators and utilities.
 "We are one of the leaders in moving electricity for others," said AEP Chairman and CEO Richard E. Disbrow. "This filing clearly defines our terms and conditions for transmission service and emphasizes our longstanding commitment to provide service. By filing a standard tariff, we expect to be able to respond more expeditiously to requests for service in the future."
 AEP's proposed basic monthly transmission rate of $2.96 per kilowatt month was calculated in accordance with FERC guidelines and is based on the embedded costs of the AEP transmission system.
 Disbrow said AEP remains concerned about several factors related to transmission access. "Our first concern is that we protect the reliability of our transmission network and the service to our 2.7 million customers -- those for whom the system was designed," he said. "We are equally concerned about who will pay for new transmission facilities that could be required to meet the demand of new requests for transmission service."
 The AEP power grid extends through seven states and comprises nearly 22,000 miles of transmission lines, including 2,022 miles of 765,000- volt lines and 3,908 miles of 500,000-volt and 345,000-volt lines. The AEP system is interconnected with neighboring electric systems at 140 points.
 The proposed tariff will offer service contracts for up to the life of the facility, with periodic reviews to ensure that service to customers of the AEP system is not being adversely affected.
 AEP Service Corporation filed the tariff on behalf of the seven operating companies in the AEP System, which spans seven East-Central states -- Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, West Virginia, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.
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 /CONTACT: Luke M. Feck, senior vice president, public affairs, American Electric Power, 614-223-1650/
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