|The public safety campaign includes local television, cable television and online media placements through November|
(Story by Teresa McWain)
Advertisements began airing across AEP’s 11-state service area last week to alert AEP customers to work safely when tackling outside home projects. The public safety campaign includes local television, cable television and online media placements through November.
The ads are produced in English and Spanish for select markets, and are aimed at do-it-yourselfers who may clean gutters, repair roofs or plant trees and shrubs. The campaign also includes messaging aimed at children featuring Safety Spokesbug Louie the Lightening Bug® who shows children how to be safe around electricity.
The campaign reminds customers to call the nationwide, 811 number to have underground wires marked before digging and to be aware of overhead lines during any maintenance or construction projects around the home.
The campaign was branded for all AEP operating companies. View the ads on our external website.
(Story by Barry Schumann)
America celebrates the spirit of volunteerism this year on Make a Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 24. The 24th annual “national day of doing good” is sponsored by USA TODAY in partnership with Points of Light and is the largest national day of community service.
AEP again is making a difference through a mini-grant program that encourages employees around the System to become involved in community projects in their locales.
AEP’s Make a Difference Day grants range up to $300 to help fund local projects that involve at least five AEP active or retired employees in partnership with a school or nonprofit organization.
Each year, around 20 local projects coordinated by AEP employees are funded through the Make a Difference Day grant program.
Projects can be as simple as helping a family in need or may be a coordinated effort serving an entire community. To learn more about the grant program, see the [Community and Education Relations ]website on AEP Now.
To learn more about national Make a Difference Day, including getting started, entering your project online, and past award winners, visit makeadifferenceday.com.
Application deadline for mini-grants is Sept. 24.
|AEP HealthHUB provides you with a way you can Plug In To Learn today.|
AEP employees and pre-65 retirees can Plug In To Learn at AEP HealthHUB (http://www.aephealthhub.com), an online source of information and resources to help you prepare for medical benefits enrollment this fall. This mobile-friendly site is designed to help you get the most out of your consumer-directed health care plan.
At AEP HealthHUB, you can find information about what’s changing, plan types, contacts and more. You can also learn about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, AEP’s medical plan administrator in 2016. Videos and content are available to help you understand the tools that will assist you in using your new plans, and to help you learn how the plans will work. In the future, the site will provide interactive tools to help you compare and choose a medical plan option.
Also, be looking for a mailing to your home soon that will provide additional information about 2016 medical plan options.
|From left, Dr. Kay Adkins, president and CEO of Ashland Community and Technical College, and Dr. Robbie Fletcher, superintendent of Lawrence County Schools, join Kentucky Power President and COO Greg Pauley as he announces an AEP Foundation Credits Count grant totaling $815,000.|
(Story by Allison Barker)
LOUISA, Ky. – Schoolchildren in Lawrence County, Kentucky, are the latest beneficiaries of an AEP Foundation project to boost STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education and help students earn college credit while still in high school.
The Foundation has awarded an $815,000 Credits CountSM grant to aid the eastern Kentucky school district, the first such grant in Kentucky. The grant, which will be funded over five years in partnership with Ashland Community and Technical College, was announced by Greg Pauley, Kentucky Power president and chief operating officer.
“Far too often, we hear of barriers, such as the cost of tuition, that keep students in eastern Kentucky from moving on to higher education and reaching their career aspirations,” Pauley said. “The Foundation’s goal with this grant is to help students become fully prepared to graduate from high school ready for a career or with significant college credit hours toward a degree.”
The major components of Credit Counts include providing:
- Middle school STEM experiences to engage students as early as possible in college exploration for STEM-related careers;
- College course readiness assessments to identify gaps in writing, math and reading that may need tutoring support;
- A summer bridge program to provide any needed English and math remediation prior to students entering the dual enrollment program; and
- Dual enrollment in high school and at Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC), allowing students to graduate high school with at least 12 college credits in STEM-related fields, including information technology and energy.
“We thank the AEP Foundation for the opportunity to expand educational services for Lawrence County,” said Dr. Kay Adkins, ACTC’s president and chief executive officer. “AEP has supported the college for many years, and we are grateful for their commitment to quality education. We know the importance of postsecondary education and STEM achievement to the future of our region. This partnership will help many students prepare for college success.”
Lawrence County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher said Credit Counts illustrates that the AEP Foundation has a clear focus of helping students overcome academic and financial barriers to college and career achievement.
“AEP’s generosity has the potential to allow our students to graduate from high school with 12 or more college credits through dual credit classes with ACTC as well as be exposed to STEM-related fields of study,” Fletcher said. “We are very grateful for the opportunity. Most importantly, I believe that AEP’s investment will have a huge return. When our students are given an opportunity for success, they will not fail.”
(Story by Kenneth J. Walker)
Lisa Barton, executive vice president – AEP Transmission, was interviewed for a story on CNBC-TV’s “Power Lunch” show Aug. 18 that used video of the new Breakthrough Overhead Line Design or BOLDTM.
|Lisa Barton, executive vice president – AEP Transmission, discussed transmission issues Aug. 18 during CNBC’s “Power Lunch” show.|
The story, a part of CNBC’s “The Race to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure” series, reviewed what is driving the growth of the transmission business, from aging infrastructure to coal plant retirements, and the fact that AEP will be spending $4 billion dollars over the next five years to build new lines and upgrade parts of its existing 40,000 mile transmission system.
With the Fort Wayne Sorenson Station project behind her and video of the nearby BOLD line construction, Barton said, “Projects like this do a lot to improve reliability, they do a lot to ensure that we can withstand the loss of any components in the transmission system. That’s important to large customers.”
The reporter, Jackie DeAngelis, tagged Barton’s soundbite with, “because when it comes to turning the lights on, reliability is the name of the game.”
The story also used video of contractors building a new 765-kV line from Sorenson Station south to the Dumont-Marysville 765-kV line.
The first application of BOLD’s unique design (shown at right) is the rebuild of a 138-kV line with a hybrid 345/138- kV line near Fort Wayne, Indiana. The first double-circuit 345-kV application of BOLD will be a line rebuild between AEP’s Meadow Lake and Reynolds stations in northern Indiana with an in-service date of June 2018. The BOLD website has more on its unique design and engineering advantages, including greater capacity, less line loss and 33 percent less structure height. The commercialization of BOLD’s patented technology is currently under development.
AEP Transmission retiree Dale Krummen (above) takes aim with a caulk gun while rehabbing a home in Columbus, Ohio. Krummen, an engineer who held several leadership positions during his AEP Transmission career, now helps other AEP volunteers refurbish homes for Habitat for Humanity.
Krummen has restored many Habitat for Humanity homes in Ohio and abroad. This summer, two dozen AEP Transmission volunteers have been assisting an AEP effort to restore a small family home in Columbus’ south side. In July, Bill Turns (below left), a technician in Transmission Planning, affixed “blueboard” insulation while others framed windows and installed plumbing. Below at right, Lisa Barton, executive vice president of AEP Transmission and wielder of a nail gun that Saturday, briefs Bob Wagner, vice president of Transmission Field Services, on his tasks for the day. AEP has sponsored the restoration of a Central Ohio home for more than 17 years. AEP employees who wish to participate in the restoration effort can contact George Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org or audinet 8-200-6933. Story by Stephen J. Ostrander and photos by George Sharp.
|Todd Rickman, an Amherst Madison tugboat captain, looks along the Kanawha River at the John E. Amos Power Plant. In June, Rickman and his crew helped rescue a couple from the river after their small catamaran boat capsized. Photos by Matthew Thompson.|
(Story by Matthew W. Thompson)
WINFIELD, W.Va – It was about 4:20 p.m. when Chris Carroll heard the screams.
Carroll, a heavy duty lift operator at the John E. Amos Power Plant, works on the Kanawha River. His job duties include using an equilibrium crane, known more commonly as an E-Crane. He maneuvers the crane’s large capacity bucket to move coal from barges to the plant´s coal yard.
On June 18, Carroll was in the operating booth of his crane, unloading a stone barge. After a brief power outage at the plant, Carroll restarted his computer and decided to step out of the booth for some fresh air.
That’s when he heard the sounds of screams emanating from the Kanawha River.
“At first I thought it was kids,” Carroll said. “Then I saw two people – a man and a woman – floating down the river.”
What Carroll spotted was a couple in the water after their catamaran boat had capsized. Without life jackets or anything to grasp for safety, the couple was adrift and shouting for help.
|The remnants of a catamaran boat as it was found in the Kanawha River by crews stationed at the John E. Amos Power Plant in June.|
“Luckily, it was a light traffic day on the river,” Carroll said.
Carroll lept into action and telephoned the M/V Shirley, a Amherst Madison tugboat that provides barge movement, construction assistance and harbor management for the Amos Plant.
Todd Rickman, the boat’s captain, sounded the general alarm and got his crew on the deck to proceed to the scene. Rickman directed the boat as close to the couple as they safely could and began the rescue process.
“We got the woman out pretty quick. We threw her a life ring and just yanked her out,” Rickman said. “It took a couple extra minutes to get her husband out. He couldn’t swim and was a little panicked.”
Once on the boat, Rickman said the female passenger sprawled out on the vessel from exhaustion. Her husband sat on the boat, clutching his knees into his chest.
“We didn’t see any apparent injuries on the individuals,” Rickman said.
After making sure they weren’t looking for a third individual, the crew proceeded back to the Amos boat ramp. Local fire and rescue officials from nearby Poca were awaiting their arrival. Emergency services personnel checked out the couple for injuries and took them away in ambulances.
At the request of the state’s Division of Natural Resources, Rickman and his crew then retrieved the couple’s sinking vessel. It was spotted bobbing in and out of the water. The crew then towed the remnants of the boat back to the ramp.
Both Carroll and Rickman have not heard from the couple since the incident. Although it was a chaotic experience, Rickman said it was all in a day’s work for him.
“We hope that this incident will remind people to use caution when having fun on the water,” Rickman said. “It could have turned out worse than it did. We’re just happy that it didn’t.”
|Tidd Plant is the shorter, yellow brick facility seen to the right of Cardinal Units 1 and 2. AEP Projects photo taken from Cardinal Unit 3.|
(Story by Rachel Hammer)
AEP’s long-retired Tidd Plant is coming down.
Tidd, which has not been in use for about two decades, is surrounded by the Cardinal Plant. For years, Cardinal employees have walked through and worked around the facility as they pursued their daily activities operating and maintaining Cardinal.
[Watch video taken July 16 of the Tidd PFBC combustor building being torn down.]
“We’re pretty excited to see it come down,” commented Chuck George, Cardinal plant manager. George noted two primary reasons for dismantling Tidd.
|George N. Tidd joined Electric Company of America prior to 1904 when he was assigned to run operations in Marion, Ind.The AEP System concept got its start under Tidd, who envisioned an interconnected system. As general manager of American Gas & Electric, he built a 30-mile, 33,000-volt line between power plants in Muncie and Marion.
Perhaps Tidd was AEP’s original “lean” thinker. He was on a continual quest to improve operating efficiency. Tidd had a role in building power generating units in a series with greater efficiency, reducing engineering expenses by using a common, shared design and having the ability to share spare parts to reduce inventory costs.
Tidd began publication of the company’s first employee magazine in August 1909, AGE Bulletin.
Tidd became president of AGE in 1923 and served as chairman from 1947 to 1949. He was AEP’s longest-serving president. It’s interesting to note that Tidd never completed high school.
In 1929, Tidd gave a lengthy interview to Electrical World. He later condensed that interview into a simple vision statement. That statement was published in 1934 as “[Our Job],” which employees know today as the company creed.
“It’s an old facility and the structure was deteriorating. It was right in the middle of our site and in the route a lot of employees took daily from their cars to their job sites.
“Also, with all of the changes coming at us from many different directions, having that real estate available – if we need additional equipment or some other type of expansion – is really key,” George explained. Near term, the site will become a parking lot.
The project kicked off in March. Activities completed to date include assessment, bidding, contracting and permitting. Environmental abatement and remediation work is ongoing and demolition began in June.
AEP’s prime contractor for this project is North American Dismantling Corporation.
Subcontractor Precision Environmental began environmental abatement and remediation work in mid-April. Precision completes its work in one section of the facility and then moves on to another section. North American Dismantling then can begin demolition in that first section.
Before demolition began, plant staff isolated some of the utility feeds that ran through the Tidd facilities. Cardinal employees also had to make some logistical changes, such as parking in different locations, using temporary locker rooms or taking an alternate route to their work site. But overall, the work does not affect unit operations.
The PFBC building (see PFBC Demonstration project below) and the Tidd office building required the least amount of environmental work, so they were the first facilities to be dismantled. That work began in June. Unit 1 demolition will take place August 26 through October 20. Unit 2 demolition will begin at that time and will continue through December 26.
A large excavator/shearer machine, one of the largest of its type in the world, is tearing down the structure.
AEP’s Project Controls & Construction organization is supporting Cardinal staff with contracting, scheduling, tracking, safety oversight and management.
Bob Follmer, project manager, Generation Project Controls & Construction, explained that because active plant operations continue in such close proximity, demolition work is very controlled.
|Tidd office building demolition July 13 (upper) and July 14 (lower). AEP Projects photos.|
As part of its contract, North American Dismantling is removing material from the site and will salvage and sell as scrap any marketable material. This reduces overall costs to AEP and provides additional benefits to the project.
In addition, AEP is recycling concrete and brick from Tidd, as well as concrete and brick from the [project to lower Unit 3’s stack]. Workers will grind up the material and will use it to backfill the facility’s basement. This will save AEP the expense of hauling and disposing of this material, and of having to bring in other backfill material.
Project schedule is for the site to be cleared by the end of the year. The parking facility will be completed in the spring when weather permits asphalt work to be done.
Located at Brilliant, Ohio, Tidd Plant’s two generating units began operation in 1945 and 1948. It was the first AEP power plant with a central control room and may have been the first AEP plant to be named after a person.
Tidd Plant distinguished itself as AEP’s most efficient plant in 1949, at 11,201 Btu/kwh. The facility was mothballed in 1976.
The plant was tied to two significant research and development projects: the Tidd EHV Test Project and the Tidd PFBC Demonstration Project.
|Historic photos of the Tidd EHV test facility. Photo courtesy of Walt Raub.|
Tidd EHV Test Project
The objective of the Tidd Test Project was to collect and analyze technical data on electrical phenomena associated with extra-high voltages (EHV). Engineers proposed to use this data to determine the appropriate voltage and design for the system´s new backbone transmission grid.
The company constructed an outdoor transmission laboratory — the Tidd Test Project — at the southern end of the plant site. Eight electrical equipment manufacturers participated in the project.
After much debate, company engineers selected 330,000 volts as the optimum voltage for AGE’s backbone transmission grid. Engineering and design began by 1950.
Moving to real world application was more difficult than expected and specialized testing continued. By 1956, AG&E raised its backbone EHV voltage to 345,000 volts
Tidd PFBC Demonstration Facility
In 1991, AEP began a demonstration at Tidd Plant of pressurized fluidized bed combustion (PFBC), a clean-coal technology. The 70,000-kilowatt facility was a cooperative effort of AEP, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Ohio Coal Development Office.
PFBC used dolomite, a type of limestone, to capture 90 percent of sulfur dioxide emissions during the combustion process. The technology also reduced nitrogen oxide emissions and its byproduct had potential reuse applications. Cleaned combustion gases also could be used for combined-cycle process.
The four-year project demonstrated technology viability. Commercialization was another story. PFBC was built in in several plants in Europe and Japan, but never in the United States.
AEP Service Corporation
Candace Bywaters, 67, HPL Metro Building, died May 28.
Douglas Callihan, 46, AEP Headquarters, died June 19.
Albert Kuhens, 81, retired, Central Operations Center, died May 28.
Mark Matthews, 60, AEP Headquarters, died May 18.
John Rodrian, 91, retired, AEP Headquarters, died May 4.
Appalachian Power Company
James Ball, 91, retired, Sporn Plant, died May 27.
Jack Bishop, 78, retired, Amos Plant, died May 25.
Charley Hefner, 98, retired, Abingdon Service Center, died May 29.
Ivy Layman Jr., 80, retired, Roanoke Main Office, died May 23.
Lloyd Linkous, 95, retired, Bluefield (W.Va.) Office, died May 2.
Josephine Puckett, 98, retired, Lebanon Service Center, died June 23.
John Randall Jr., 89, retired, Kingsport Office, died May 6.
Edward Smith Jr., 67, Kammer Plant, died June 10.
Theodore Stevens, 83, retired, Bluefield (W.Va.) Office, died May 29.
Gary Stoots, 68, Glade Spring Service Center, died June 16.
E.L. Whitley, 104, retired, Bluefield (W.Va.) Office, died April 30.
Columbus Southern Power Company
Clement Bateman, 86, retired, Athens Service Center, died May 7.
Thomas Bozman, 87, retired, Picway Plant, died May 22.
Thomas Brubaker, 86, retired, 850 Tech Center, died June 16.
Lewis Laird, 82, retired, 850 Tech Center, died May 16.
Charles Miller, 86, retired, Seaman Service Center, died June 5.
Thomas Ochs, 82, retired, 850 Tech Center, died June 20.
Leo Voit, 96, retired, 850 Tech Center, died June 23.
Turney Williamson Jr., 92, retired, 850 Tech Center, died May 5.
Indiana Michigan Power Company
Christopher Fry, 27, St. Joseph Service Center, died June 24.
Maxwell Harrell, 89, retired, Marion Office, died May 31.
Donald Hawkins, 90, retired, Muncie Service Center, died June 3.
Charles Ruple, 83, retired, Three Rivers Service Center, died June 15.
Homer Sovine, 83, retired, South Bend Service Center, died May 9.
Floyd Wambaugh, 91, retired, St. Joseph Service Center, died May 18.
Kentucky Power Company
Jerry Stewart, 84, retired, Big Sandy Plant, died May 15.
Ohio Power Company
Lewis Bowman, 86, retired, Portsmouth Service Center, died May 26.
John Buckley, 83, retired, Portsmouth Service Center, died May 19.
Ronald Butcher, 72, retired, Central Ohio Coal Company, died June 21.
Earl Dabney, 86, retired, Gavin Plant, died June 6.
Patricia Denkhaus, 81, retired, Canton Computer Center, died May 29.
Carl Evans, 85, retired, Van Wert Service Center, died May 5.
James Gunn, 92, retired, Canton Eastern Regional Office, died June 19.
Robert Heaton, 78, retired, Steubenville Office, died June 10.
Charles King, 86, retired, Mitchell Plant, died June 15.
Larry Koontz, 71, Mitchell Plant, died May 8.
Richard Linn, 88, retired, Canton Eastern Regional Office, died May 4.
Donald Malster, 79, retired, Muskingum River Plant, died June 11.
James McNear, 88, retired, East Liverpool Office, died May 11.
Carl Neiss Jr., 91, retired, Cambridge Office Building, died May 26.
Gerald Scott, 85, retired, Canton Eastern Regional Office, died June 9.
James Simms, 86, retired, Canton Eastern Regional Office, died June 20.
Gerald Sommer, 80, retired, Zanesville Office, died June 9.
Ivan Wood, 82, retired, Portsmouth Service Center, died May 3.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma
George Blackman, 90, retired, Tulsa General Office, died June 22.
Robert Cole, 77, retired, Tulsa General Office, died June 5.
Cleo McWhorter, 90, retired, Tulsa General Office, died June 2.
Ellen Millard, 71, retired, Tulsa General Office, died May 13.
Harvey Money, 84, retired, Tulsa General Office, died May 2.
William Ryan Jr., 86, retired, Tulsa General Office, died May 11.
Dale Sexton, 72, retired, Tulsa General Office, died June 2.
Southwestern Electric Power Company
D.J. Huffman, 85, retired, Shreveport General Office, died May 12.
Manuel Lopez, 93, retired, Corpus Christi Office, died June 12.
John Willoughby, 70, retired, Corpus Christi Office, died May 13.
James Merrell, 69, Munday Office, died June 5.
J.B. Teters, 73, Ballinger Office, died June 9.
David Chek, New Philadelphia Service Center, retired June 1 after 35 years of service.
David Dingey, McConnellsville Land Management, retired June 19 after 36 years of service.
Daniel Gerker, Van Wert Service Center, retired June 1 after 29 years of service.
Marilyn Harrell, Tiffin Service Center, retired June 2 after 34 years of service.
Rosemary McDermitt, Canton Eastern Regional Office, retired June 27 after 20 years of service.
Robert Moenter, Lima Service Center, retired June 1 after 41 years of service.
Susan Nartker, Lima Service Center, retired June 19 after 24 years of service.
Timothy Riley, McConnellsville Service Center, retired June 27 after 37 years of service.
Wesley Wright, Steubenville Service Center, retired June 5 after 33 years of service.
AEP River Operations
George Cooper, River Transportation Division, retired June 10 after 28 years of service.
Gustave Theriot, Elmwood Convent Fleet & Repair, retired June 25 after 11 years of service.
AEP Service Corporation
Homer Clark Jr., AEP Headquarters, retired June 20 after 29 years of service.
Cathy Gilbert, Home Worksite-Tennessee, retired June 13 after 20 years of service.
Mary Heft, AEP Headquarters, retired June 9 after 30 years of service.
John Hume, AEP Headquarters, retired June 13 after 31 years of service.
Frederick North, AEP Headquarters, retired June 6 after 10 years of service.
Donald Phelps Jr., Environmental Lab, retired June 6 after 35 years of service.
Donnie Robertson, AEP Headquarters, retired June 20 after 24 years of service.
Virgil Smathers, AEP Headquarters, retired June 6 after 28 years of service.
Marsha Thorla, Central Operations Center, retired June 26 after 12 years of service.
David Walton, AEP Headquarters, retired June 1 after 11 years of service.
Larry Dozier, Quitaque Service Center, retired June 1 after 26 years of service.
Paul Kincaid, Williamson Service Center, retired June 2 after 29 years of service.
Linda Miller, Hurricane Customer Operations Center, retired June 16 after 10 years of service.
Robert Norcross, Roanoke Main Office, retired June 2 after 46 years of service.
William Ogle Jr., Glade Spring Service Center, retired June 1 after 39 years of service.
Terrance Shrewsbury, North Charleston Service Center, retired June 1 after 36 years of service.
Stuart Thomason, John W. Vaughn Center, retired June 1 after 38 years of service.
James Blake, Mitchell Plant, retired June 2 after 33 years of service.
Ronald Cain, Mitchell Plant, retired June 16 after 28 years of service.
Douglas Drake, Amos Plant, retired June 20 after 35 years of service.
Rodney Frecker, Gavin Plant, retired June 13 after 38 years of service.
George Himes, Rockport Plant, retired June 1 after 28 years of service.
Johnnie Muck, Amos Plant, retired June 29 after 33 years of service.
David Riggs, Mitchell Plant, retired June 1 after 42 years of service.
Larry Rowe, Mishawaka Hydro, retired June 3 after 26 years of service.
Daniel Stern, Mitchell Plant, retired June 2 after 34 years of service.
Teddy Swartz Jr., Gavin Plant, retired June 12 after 35 years of service.
Indiana Michigan Power
Dean Bruck, Cook Nuclear Plant, retired June 6 after 30 years of service.
Janet Everett, Muncie Service Center, retired June 1 after 28 years of service.
Teresa Glancy, Muncie Service Center, retired June 1 after 32 years of service.
Harold Gretzky, Cook Material Center, retired June 20 after 22 years of service.
Gregory Lee, Muncie Service Center, retired June 1 after 36 years of service.
James Parker, Cook Nuclear Plant, retired June 16 after 15 years of service.
John Prehn, Cook Nuclear Plant, retired June 24 after 24 years of service.
Southwestern Electric Power Company
Craig Schluter, Mt. Pleasant Service Center, retired June 13 after 16 years of service.
Susan Wilson, Pirkey Fuels, retired June 6 after 25 years of service.
Ray Johnson, Muncie Service Center, retired June 1 after 41 years of service.
Steven Klusmire, Transmission Operations Center, retired June 1 after 18 years of service.
Richard Reinaker, Home Worksite-Oregon, retired June 6 after 34 years of service.
William Smith, Spy Run Service Center, retired June 1 after 45 years of service.
Edward Ulrich, Transmission Operations Center, retired June 5 after 25 years of service.