GAHANNA, Ohio, Sept. 13, 2016 – AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), AEP Ohio Transmission Company Inc., Buckeye Power and Washington Electric Cooperative are taking steps to improve electric service in Marietta and the surrounding area. The plan includes construction of a new 138-kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Monroe County.

            To learn more about the project, the public is invited to attend a project open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Bethel Township Community Center, State Route 260, Marr, Ohio 45734. Visitors may come and go at any time during the workshop. Monroe County residents can offer input, ask questions of project team members and learn more about the new transmission line.

            The Lamping-Rouse transmission line is a 138-kV transmission line that will connect the new Lamping Substation to the new Rouse Substation in Monroe County. This project will improve service for customers, reduce power outages and speed restoration of service when outages occur. In addition, this line is needed to support possible future economic growth in Monroe County.

            “We’ve received positive input from the community since our first open house in April,” said Shawn Malone, project manager for AEP Ohio. “We are pleased to show residents our updated transmission line route options prior to filing this project with the Ohio Power Siting Board.”

            The Lamping-Rouse line will be approximately five miles long, depending on the route selected. The line will likely run through Washington Township in Monroe County.

            "The improvements to the transmission system planned by AEP will provide more reliable service, reduce power interruptions and speed the restoration of power in the event of outages to the members of Washington Electric Cooperative," said Jack Bragg, general manager and chief executive officer of Washington Electric Cooperative. "Washington Electric fully supports the replacement of this aging infrastructure by AEP and looks forward to the improved reliability afforded by this investment to our membership."

            AEP Ohio plans to invest about $7 million in the Lamping-Rouse transmission line. Construction is targeted to begin in spring 2018 and be complete by spring 2019.

            Additional information about the project, including maps, is available online at AEPOhio.com/Lamping-Rouse.

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            AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of major AEP subsidiary Ohio Power Company in Ohio. 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 and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 223,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 31,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. 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.

               Washington Electric Cooperative, Inc., is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving more than 10,000 members in parts of Washington, Guernsey, Monroe, Noble, Morgan and Athens counties. www.weci.org

               Buckeye Power, Inc., is a member-owned generation-and-transmission cooperative providing wholesale power to the 25 distribution cooperatives serving nearly 400,000 members in 77 of Ohio’s 88 counties.  www.buckeyepower.com

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Washington Electric Cooperative
Jennifer Greene, 740-373-2141

Buckeye Power
Patrick Higgins, 614-430-7872

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