GAHANNA, Ohio, Oct. 14, 2013 – AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), and the AEP Ohio Transmission Company, propose to construct a new high-voltage, 138-kilovolt (kV) transmission line between Chillicothe in Ross County and Circleville in Pickaway County as part of the company’s Biers Run Project.

 AEP Ohio will host two public information open houses to discuss this new transmission line. The Ross County open house will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at Pioneer School of Developmental Disabilities, 11268 County Road 550, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601. The Pickaway County open house will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at Amvets Post 2256, 818 Tarlton Road, Circleville, Ohio 43113.

 AEP proposes to build the new transmission line from the proposed Biers Run Station to the existing Circleville Station in Pickaway County. The new line will be approximately 19 miles long depending on the route selected and will traverse Deerfield and Union townships in Ross County and Circleville and Wayne townships in Pickaway County. Construction is targeted to begin in fall 2015 and be in service spring 2017.

 The overall Biers Run Project is a major transmission reinforcement effort to help AEP maintain adequate transmission reliability in southern Ohio. The total project will allow the company to address reliability concerns about potential low voltages and thermal overloads under certain conditions. AEP studies indicate the performance of the company’s transmission system will be inadequate to provide the level of service its customers expect without this reinforcement plan.

 AEP will invest an estimated $97 million in the overall Biers Run Project. The Biers Run-Circleville line will be an approximate $20 million investment and is projected to provide approximately $1 million in additional tax revenue for local schools and communities. Biers Run Station is an approximate $22 million investment and is expected to provide between $1 million and $1.135 million in property taxes to local communities. AEP’s application for the proposed Biers Run Station is pending before the Ohio Power Siting Board.

 AEP’s project team is assembling information to include in its Biers Run-Circleville line application to be filed with the power siting board. Comments received from the open house also will be included in the application. The siting board is a multi-agency board led by the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. It is responsible for approving the location of major utility facilities within the state of Ohio.

 Additional information about this project can be found online at AEPOhio.com/BiersRunCircleville. Information about Biers Run Station is available at AEPOhio.com/go/BiersRun. The public also can ask questions, make comments or express concerns about the project by calling the toll-free AEP Ohio Transmission Project Information Line at 877-215-9261 or by sending an email inquiry through “contact us” on AEPOhio.com. The public is asked to leave a detailed message and their contact information. A project representative will return the call.
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 AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of major AEP subsidiaries Ohio Power Company in Ohio and Wheeling Power Company in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at AEPOhio.com.

 American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP’s transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP’s utility units operate as 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 and east and north Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio. News releases and other information about AEP can be found at AEP.com.
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