10/1/2015
ATHENS COUNTY KICKS OFF COMMUNITY ENERGY SAVERS PROGRAM

Athens County joins AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio to help residents and businesses save money and become more energy efficient

GAHANNA, Ohio, Oct. 1, 2015 – AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), Columbia Gas of Ohio and Athens County are partnering to launch a county-wide initiative to help residents and businesses reduce energy usage and costs through the Community Energy Savers program.  The program officially begins today, the official start of Energy Awareness Month.

Community Energy Savers was first launched by AEP Ohio in 2014.  The program works with communities across the state to encourage participation in energy efficiency programs offered by AEP Ohio.

In Athens County, Columbia Gas of Ohio has joined the partnership and will be working closely with AEP Ohio and county representatives on the initiative. Not only do community members benefit from saving energy and money in their homes and businesses, their actions also help the county receive financial awards from AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio.

“AEP Ohio continually seeks to improve the quality of life in the communities where we live and work. That’s why we are enthusiastic about joining with communities in the Community Energy Savers program,” said Jon Williams, energy efficiency and consumer programs manager for AEP Ohio.  “The program helps to educate residents about our energy-saving programs as well as the many solutions and incentives available for businesses.”

“Columbia Gas of Ohio is proud to serve and support the Athens community. When customers participate in one of the energy efficiency programs offered through Community Energy Savers, they are investing in their own community,” said Dan Creekmur, President of Columbia Gas of Ohio. “We urge everyone to participate in these energy saving programs.”

Athens County, with the help of AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio, established a participation goal with their energy efficiency programs. If this goal is reached by Jan. 31, 2016, Athens County will receive a financial incentive award in the amount of $85,602 that will go towards the implementation of energy efficiency projects in public libraries throughout the county.

“We are excited to partner with AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio in Athens County Community Energy Savers,” says County Commissioner Chris Chmiel. “We are committed to energy efficiency and sustainability efforts. The possible financial awards will help the public libraries tremendously, as these buildings are frequented by many of our residents and students within the County”.

Athens County customers of AEP Ohio and/or Columbia Gas of Ohio are encouraged to learn more about available energy efficiency programs at AEPOhio.com/ItsYourPower and ColumbiaGasOhio.com/Ways-to-Save.  To learn more about how to participate and help your community, visit CommunityEnergySavers.com.

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AEP Ohio delivers electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of AEP's major subsidiary, Ohio Power Company. 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 5.3 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 32,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a 40,000-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 Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio. News releases and other information about AEP can be found at AEP.com.

Columbia Gas of Ohio delivers clean, affordable and efficient natural gas to approximately 1.4 million customers across the state. With headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, it is the largest natural gas utility in Ohio and one of NiSource’s seven regulated utility companies. NiSource (NYSE: NI) is one of the largest fully-regulated utility companies in the United States, serving approximately 3.5 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers across seven states through its local Columbia Gas and NIPSCO brands. More information about Columbia Gas of Ohio and NiSource is available at www.ColumbiaGasOhio.com and www.nisource.com. For information about natural gas safety and what to do if you suspect a gas leak, go to: www.safegasohio.org.

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AEP Ohio, 1-866-641-1151 or 614-883-7999
aepohiomediarelations@aep.com

Columbia Gas of Ohio
Dave Rau, 614-460-6808

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