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AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER SETS NEW PEAK IN SYSTEM SALES DUE TO LOW TEMPERATURES

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Electric Power System (NYSE: AEP) today recorded its largest power sales ever during the hour ending 11 a.m., delivering approximately 25,109 megawatts of electricity to AEP customers and other interconnected utilities. The Midwest's wave of below-zero temperatures also helped produce winter peaks at three AEP operating companies and a winter peak in usage by AEP customers systemwide.
 "Today's systemwide sales, including power for other utilities, exceeds our largest previous volume by 10.9 percent. That represents an extraordinary leap for the AEP System," said Charles A. Falcone, vice president-system transactions. The previous peak for sales to AEP customers and other utilities was set on December 15, 1989, with 22,630 megawatts.
 "The records set today show that the strength and reliability of our high-voltage transmission system and efficient generating stations can come through tough tests with flying colors," Falcone said.
 Customers of AEP's seven operating companies in seven states used a winter peak of 17,999 megawatts of electricity for the hour ending 11 a.m. today. At the same hour, AEP delivered an average of 7,110 megawatts of power to many utilities in the region not affiliated with the company. AEP transmission lines are connected to 28 other utilities at 145 interconnection points.
 "Some peak load records over the weekend have already been broken, and other records set today could be broken tomorrow as temperatures continue to fall in our region," said W. Robert Kelley, vice president- system operations.
 Three operating companies in the AEP System -- Columbus Southern Power Company, Ohio Power Company and Indiana Michigan Power Company -- recorded winter peak electricity sales to their customers today (excluding sales to other utilities). A summary of those peaks follows:
 Previous
 Company New winter peak winter peak
 Indiana Michigan 3,209 MW 3,096 MW
 (Winter peak) 11 a.m. 1/18/94 9 a.m. 1/6/88
 Columbus Southern 2,708 MW 2,624 MW
 (Winter peak) Noon, 1/18/94 7 p.m., 1/15/94
 Ohio Power 5,237 MW 5,065 MW
 (Winter peak) 1 p.m., 1/18/94 10 a.m., 2/18/93
 -0- 1/18/94
 /CONTACT: Luke M. Feck of American Electric Power, 614-223-1650/
 (AEP)


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