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Maverick Wind Farm Begins Commercial Operation

Maverick 2021

Recently, the second of three wind farms started commercial operations in central Oklahoma, marking a major milestone in a project that exemplifies the future direction of American Electric Power.

Southwest of Enid, Okla., 103 GE Renewable wind turbines are now operating at the 287-megawatt (MW) Maverick Wind Farm – part of three North Central Energy facilities that will eventually provide clean energy for 440,000 homes in Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Invenergy is developing the facilities, which are being purchased after completion by Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) and Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO).

The 199-MW Sundance Wind Farm began commercial operations in April. The third and largest, the 999-MW Traverse Wind Farm, is under construction and should go into operation in early 2022. Traverse will provide two-thirds of the capacity for the North Central Energy Facilities.

“Today, a total of about 16,300 megawatts of renewable generation are interconnected across AEP’s transmission system,” said Paul Chodak, executive vice president, Generation. “In line with AEP’s strategic vision and its commitment to energy sustainability, we are transforming our Generation fleet to reduce fossil fuel capacity and advance toward clean energy to position for the future. It is with much excitement that we see the startup of operations at Maverick Wind Farm.”

“The North Central Energy Facilities project was only possible through much collaboration across AEP and with Invenergy,” said Antonio Smyth, senior vice president, Grid Solutions. “Kudos to our teams which also worked hard to obtain approvals from regulators in Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas – as well as from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

After Traverse Wind Farm begins commercial operations early next year, more than 500 wind turbines at the three facilities will produce nearly 1,500 MW of clean energy for PSO and SWEPCO customers – saving them an estimated $3 billion over the lifetime of the project. Some of the energy will support wholesale customers and provide additional capacity for future economic development in these regions.

Employee Podcast: Why AEP is Moving Away from Coal

Rockport Plant, Indiana, I&M, June 29, 2015

Rockport Plant, Indiana.

Working for a major utility company, we all know that our industry is going through a historic and dramatic shift in where and how we generate electricity for our customers.

For decades, AEP invested billions of dollars in coal-fired generation plants. Today, AEP is shifting its investments from fossil fuels into wind turbine, solar power projects and other technologies. That has meant difficult decisions have been made that impact our fellow employees.

The forces behind these changes are explored in the latest episode of the [AEP Employee Podcast]: Why AEP is Moving Away from Coal.

Discussing the company’s position are Paul Chodak, executive vice president, Generation; Darcy Reese, vice president, Investor Relations; and Toby Thomas, senior vice president, Energy Delivery (at the time of the taping Thomas was president and chief operating officer of Indiana Michigan Power). The episode is hosted by Bailey Cultice, communications consultant principal.

“This is not a decision that AEP has made on its own, this is not a unilateral decision,” Chodak said citing investor pressure, the low cost of renewable power and the looming likelihood of more regulation for carbon emissions. “Straight up economics has taken us to where we are now.”

More and more, large investors want to know AEP’s plan to transition away from coal and how quickly we can do it. “They are looking at climate change,” Reese said. “It is a defining issue of our time.”

Listen to the entire episode for a detailed look into the strategy and challenges AEP faces.

Also, please check out the[ other podcast episodes] which have featured stories on AEP’s meteorology team, a Native American running program, how AEP protects the grid and much more.

May-July 2021 Obits

Arkansas

Johnny Ruckman, 72, Dyess Substation, Springdale, AR, died 5/10/2021     

Steven Vaughn, 73, Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN, died 5/6/2021     

Indiana

Valerie Heidbrink, 72, Elkhart Ofc/Svc Bldg, Elkhart, IN, died 6/5/2021     

Brian Welles, 65, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 6/10/2021     

Michael Griggs, 74, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 6/26/2021     

Jerry Johnson, 77, Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN, died 6/5/2021     

Stanley Leszczynski, 89, South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, died 5/24/2021     

Albert Carlson, 87, South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, died 7/8/2021     

Linda Fry, 77, Muncie Srv Ctr, Muncie, IN, died 4/20/2021     

Clara Whan, 86, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 5/10/2021     

Ronald Ronk, 86, Marion Svc Ctr-Bldg#1, Marion, IN, died 4/23/2021     

Kenneth Johnston, 76, Tanners Creek Plant, Lawrenceburg, IN, died 5/25/2021      

Kentucky

Gerald Butler, 72, Robert E Matthews Service Cent, Ashland, KY, died 6/4/2021     

Lida Howard, 82, Prestonsburg Office, Prestonsburg, KY, died 6/12/2021     

Bill Marushi, 90, Big Sandy Plant, Louisa, KY, died 6/11/2021     

Geraldine Perry, 81, Whitesburg Office, Whitesburg, KY, died 6/26/2021    

Louisiana

Nell Tuck, 90, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 5/18/2021     

James Vincent, 85, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 5/4/2021     

Robert Senn, 83, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 7/3/2021     

Joe Comer, 86, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 6/12/2021     

Brenda Ashley, 60, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 6/19/2021     

Eddie Byrd, 75, Central Maintenance Facility, Shreveport, LA, died 6/10/2021     

Stephen Barrios, 67, Elmwood Drydock&Repair Shpyrd, Belle Chasse, LA, died 5/16/2021    

Michigan

Terry Burkhard, 65, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 7/2/2021     

Robert Smith, 74, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 4/30/2021     

Thomas Wieczorek, 79, St Joe Ofc & Svc Ctr, Benton Harbor, MI, died 5/17/2021     

Bernard Nisonger, 87, Three Rivers Svc Ctr, Three Rivers, MI, died 5/19/2021    

Ohio

Carlos Brewer, 65, Zanesville Station, Zanesville, OH, died 6/7/2021     

Timothy Byrne, 67, Kenton Service Center, Kenton, OH, died 5/24/2021     

Roger Guinn, 66, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 5/18/2021     

John Klein, 71, Picway Plant, Lockbourne, OH, died 6/20/2021     

Thomas Fox, 56, Tiffin Service Center, Tiffin, OH, died 7/2/2021     

Stephen Haugh, 70, Tiffin Service Center, Tiffin, OH, died 6/20/2021     

Philip Hill, 71, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 5/4/2021     

Charles Morarity, 72, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 6/14/2021     

Robert Parr, 73, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 4/17/2021     

James White, 73, Portsmouth Svc Ctr, Portsmouth, OH, died 5/8/2021     

Gary Kunkler, 73, Mound St Svc Ctr, Columbus, OH, died 4/22/2021     

Allen Housley, 73, Canton General Svc Ctr, Canton, OH, died 4/19/2021     

David Merrick, 74, Columbia Ctr Trnsmn Svc Ctr, Pataskala, OH, died 5/30/2021     

Lawrence Olsen, 73, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 5/26/2021     

Roger Friend, 77, Columbus Nw Svc Ctr, Dublin, OH, died 5/23/2021     

Lawrence Reoch, 84, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 5/14/2021     

Robert Amell, 87, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 6/1/2021     

Stanley Wielobob, 83, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 5/31/2021     

Willis White, 94, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 7/4/2021     

Walter Webb, 73, Lancaster Office Bldg, Lancaster, OH, died 1/17/2021     

Ralph Bowser, 85, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 7/9/2021     

Rex Alley, 91, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 6/29/2021     

Judith Dremann, 79, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 6/9/2021     

James Marihugh, 90, Lima Service Center, Lima, OH, died 6/22/2021     

Richard Bays, 85, Portsmouth Svc Ctr, Portsmouth, OH, died 6/29/2021     

Marjorie Johnson, 83, Cardinal Plant, Brilliant, OH, died 5/22/2021     

Carolyn Shafer, 85, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 6/7/2021     

John Schrade, 90, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 5/17/2021     

David Wagner, 88, Zanesville Office, Zanesville, OH, died 5/24/2021     

Dorothy Evans, 100, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 5/27/2021     

June McVay, 99, E Liverpool Ofc Bldg, East Liverpool, OH, died 6/17/2021     

Rita Booth, 86, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 6/29/2021     

Robert Hawk, 77, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 6/25/2021     

Robert Kappel, 80, Zanesville Svc Ctr, Zanesville, OH, died 6/23/2021     

Robert Bistor, 91, Central Ohio Coal, Cumberland, OH, died 6/20/2021     

James Moser, 82, AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH, died 6/13/2021     

Ned Carter, 88, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 4/27/2021     

Beryl Cisco, 91, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 5/21/2021     

Francis Schilling, 83, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 4/24/2021     

Donald Muse, 90, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 5/22/2021     

Paul Greiner, 95, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 5/26/2021     

Raymond Kemp, 84, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 5/24/2021      

Robert Hallam, 42, Grandview Service Center, Columbus, OH, died 7/18/2021     

Brian Brown, 43, Steubenville Service Center, Steubenville, OH, died 7/3/2021    

Oklahoma

Randall Blackwood, 74, Northeastern Stn 1&2, Oologah, OK, died 6/7/2021     

Minnie Burnett, 93, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 6/2/2021     

Curtis Elmore, 63, Vinita, Vinita, OK, died 7/13/2021     

J Lord, 78, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 5/25/2021     

Dale Wear, 100, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 5/25/2021     

James Bischoff, 85, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 4/19/2021     

Tennessee

Lewis Crouch, 59, Kingsport Service Ctr, Kingsport, TN, died 6/13/2021     

Denver Head, 83, Kingsport Service Ctr, Kingsport, TN, died 6/8/2021     

Texas

Jack Davis, 91, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 6/5/2021     

Johnnie Murphy, 96, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 6/10/2021     

Boniface Parma, 85, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 4/20/2021     

Teresa Whitt, 66, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 6/14/2021     

Leonard Wright, 81, Longview, Longview, TX, died 4/19/2021     

Clara Davis, 77, Hpl Metro Building, Houston, TX, died 6/28/2021     

Barbara Ball, 79, Sw Dist Sys-San Angelo, San Angelo, TX, died 5/27/2021     

Mary Cagle, 83, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 5/9/2021     

James Duke, 84, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 5/5/2021     

Raymond Modrall, 88, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 6/11/2021     

Tommie Reynolds, 90, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 7/3/2021     

E Spears, 87, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 4/26/2021     

Jimmy Stinnett, 74, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 5/24/2021     

Virgina

Mark Boles, 68, Smith Mountain Hydro, Sandy Level, VA, died 6/29/2021     

Robert Norcross, 78, Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA, died 5/23/2021     

Samuel Farmer, 93, Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA, died 6/1/2021     

West Virginia

Michael Lambert, 62, Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, died 7/3/2021     

Larry Phillips, 64, Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, died 6/9/2021     

Steven Ward, 66, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 5/4/2021     

Randall Marcum, 70, Williamson Svc Ctr, Williamson, WV, died 5/22/2021     

James Dean, 70, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 6/27/2021     

Earnest Scarbin, 74, Kammer, Moundsville, WV, died 5/23/2021     

Arthur Walker, 81, Walgrove Off & Srv Ctr, Elkview, WV, died 6/14/2021     

James Thomas, 82, River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, died 5/9/2021     

Dennis Fabrizio, 62, Wheeling Service Bldg, Wheeling, WV, died 6/29/2021     

James Crane, 93, Charleston Office, Charleston, WV, died 5/26/2021     

Lewis Melchiori, 90, Kammer, Moundsville, WV, died 4/23/2021     

Robert Nelson, 80, Bluefield Office, Bluefield, WV, died 5/15/2021     

Donald Jones, 88, Central Machine Shop, South Charleston, WV, died 5/10/2021     

Charles Slack, 81, Kanawha River Plant, Glasgow, WV, died 5/30/2021     

Raymond Nickell, 81, Central Machine Shop, South Charleston, WV, died 6/18/2021     

William Massar, 87, Cross Lanes Office, Cross Lanes, WV, died 5/31/2021     

May-July 2021 Retirements

Arkansas

Steven Sharp retired 6/2/2021 from Dequeen, Dequeen, AR after 50 years of service

Gary Alford retired 7/1/2021 from Harry D. Mattison Plant, Tontitown, AR after 20 years of service

Illinois

James Gower retired 7/7/2021 from Cook Coal Terminal, Metropolis, IL after 45 years of service

Indiana

Bradley Curtis retired 6/1/2021 from Decatur Service Center, Decatur, IN after 35 years of service

John Zorn retired 5/22/2021 from Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN after 40 years of service

Gregory McCarty retired 6/28/2021 from Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN after 37 years of service

John Gianopoulos retired 7/9/2021 from Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN after 41 years of service

John Lagrange retired 7/9/2021 from Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN after 37 years of service

Brian Grawcock retired 7/1/2021 from Northeast Svc Center, New Haven, IN after 43 years of service

Marc Lewis retired 7/1/2021 from Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN after 34 years of service

Kim Sabrosky retired 7/10/2021 from Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN after 43 years of service

Rodney Collins retired 7/1/2021 from Marion Svc Ctr-Bldg#1, Marion, IN after 36 years of service

Glen Ryan retired 7/1/2021 from Muncie Srv Ctr, Muncie, IN after 44 years of service

Robert Astrop retired 7/1/2021 from Muncie Srv Ctr, Muncie, IN after 35 years of service

Nada Amburn retired 7/31/2021 from Muncie Srv Ctr, Muncie, IN after 30 years of service

Gary Glassburn retired 7/1/2021 from South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN after 51 years of service

Robert Strasburg retired 7/2/2021 from South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN after 35 years of service

Kim Oster retired 7/1/2021 from Baer Field Svc Ctr, Ft. Wayne, IN after 40 years of service

Joseph Minnick retired 7/24/2021 from Spy Run Bldg. #3, Ft. Wayne, IN after 33 years of service

Leah Minnick retired 7/31/2021 from Ardmore Trans TC Serv Center, Ft Wayne, IN after 35 years of service

Kentucky

Douglas Combs retired 7/17/2021 from Hazard Service Center, Hazard, KY after 42 years of service

George Whitaker retired 5/31/2021 from Whitesburg Office, Whitesburg, KY after 41 years of service

Marshall Ison retired 7/31/2021 from Whitesburg Office, Whitesburg, KY after 37 years of service

Jackawayne Chaney retired 7/1/2021 from Pikeville Service Ctr, Pikeville, KY after 50 years of service

Gregory Stanley retired 7/10/2021 from Pikeville Service Ctr, Pikeville, KY after 41 years of service

Dwayne Kidd retired 6/24/2021 from Pikeville Office, Pikeville, KY after 34 years of service

Billy Preece retired 7/6/2021 from Big Sandy Plant, Louisa, KY after 15 years of service

Gregory Sargent retired 7/7/2021 from Big Sandy Plant, Louisa, KY after 41 years of service

Larry Kersey retired 7/1/2021 from Robert E Matthews Service Cent, Ashland, KY after 42 years of service

Anthony George retired 7/8/2021 from Robert E Matthews Service Cent, Ashland, KY after 41 years of service

Randy Hamilton retired 7/31/2021 from Robert E Matthews Service Cent, Ashland, KY after 35 years of service

Louisiana

Archie Smith retired 7/1/2021 from McNeil Street Center, Shreveport, LA after 41 years of service

James Durham retired 7/10/2021 from System Control Center, Shreveport, LA after 45 years of service

Sharon Cadwallader retired 5/28/2021 from Natchitoches Service Center, Natchitoches, LA after 43 years of service

Johnny Oliver-Jones retired 7/1/2021 from Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA after 41 years of service

Thomas Patty retired 7/24/2021 from Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA after 40 years of service

Vera Irle retired 7/31/2021 from Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA after 40 years of service

Wesley Hull retired 7/31/2021 from Shreveport Production, Shreveport, LA after 39 years of service

Randy Wilson retired 5/28/2021 from Dolet Hills Lignite, Mansfield, LA after 31 years of service

Michigan

Michael Fry retired 7/9/2021 from Cook Material Center, Bridgman, MI after 28 years of service

John Wodarczyk retired 7/9/2021 from Cook Material Center, Bridgman, MI after 37 years of service

Arthur Briney retired 7/20/2021 from Cook Material Center, Bridgman, MI after 28 years of service

El Dorado McCaulley retired 5/26/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI after 21 years of service

Joseph Gallagher retired 5/28/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI after 21 years of service

Gregory Hines retired 7/1/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI after 43 years of service

Mary Smith retired 7/2/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI after 31 years of service

Richard Hartman retired 7/16/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI after 29 years of service

Joseph Donnelly retired 7/16/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI after 30 years of service

David Gallion retired 7/17/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI after 37 years of service

Mark Raycraft retired 7/30/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI after 34 years of service

Michael Oclon retired 6/17/2021 from Buchanan Nuclear Ofc, Buchanan, MI after 21 years of service

James Petro retired 7/9/2021 from Buchanan Nuclear Ofc, Buchanan, MI after 12 years of service

Gregory Hill retired 7/23/2021 from Buchanan Nuclear Ofc, Buchanan, MI after 23 years of service

Thomas Craven retired 7/28/2021 from Buchanan Nuclear Ofc, Buchanan, MI after 35 years of service

Stephen Kelley retired 7/31/2021 from Buchanan Nuclear Ofc, Buchanan, MI after 27 years of service

Ohio

Max Moscrip retired 6/10/2021 from Alliance, Alliance, OH after 42 years of service

Robert Charles retired 7/1/2021 from Transmission Ops Center, New Albany, OH after 36 years of service

Michael Isenberg retired 6/19/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH after 40 years of service

Robert Follmer retired 7/1/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH after 17 years of service

Nancy Heimberger retired 7/2/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH after 24 years of service

Brenton Savage retired 7/3/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH after 31 years of service

Robert McCoy retired 7/10/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH after 41 years of service

Annette Richardson retired 7/10/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH after 20 years of service

Edie Koerth retired 7/10/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH after 22 years of service

Thomas Johnson retired 7/24/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH after 39 years of service

William Vogel retired 7/10/2021 from 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH after 30 years of service

Sandra Dragon retired 6/12/2021 from Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH after 14 years of service

Allen Howe retired 7/17/2021 from Mound St Svc Ctr, Columbus, OH after 20 years of service

Elino Julian retired 7/7/2021 from Columbia Ctr Trnsmn Svc Ctr, Pataskala, OH after 43 years of service

Jill Loughry retired 7/31/2021 from Telecommunications, Groveport, OH after 40 years of service

Don Sheldon retired 7/10/2021 from Kenton Service Center, Kenton, OH after 31 years of service

Robert Moon retired 7/3/2021 from Zanesville Svc Ctr, Zanesville, OH after 40 years of service

William Norris retired 7/14/2021 from Cambridge Service Center, Cambridge, OH after 34 years of service

Thomas Schweikert retired 5/18/2021 from Muskingum River, Waterford, OH after 35 years of service

Stephen Broderson retired 7/1/2021 from Belmont Ofc & Svc Bldg, St. Clairsville, OH after 14 years of service

Jerry Hays retired 6/22/2021 from Steubenville Service Center, Steubenville, OH after 35 years of service

Mark Gundling retired 7/1/2021 from Steubenville Service Center, Steubenville, OH after 39 years of service

Scott Stillwagon retired 7/10/2021 from Steubenville Service Center, Steubenville, OH after 37 years of service

Brian Gilroy retired 7/8/2021 from Lima Service Center, Lima, OH after 41 years of service

Charles Knoles retired 7/3/2021 from Chillicothe Svc Ctr, Chillicothe, OH after 40 years of service

Clifford Moritz retired 5/21/2021 from Canton Ne Svc Ctr, Canton, OH after 36 years of service

Karen MacLean retired 6/1/2021 from Canton Ne Svc Ctr, Canton, OH after 37 years of service

Timothy Bailey retired 7/24/2021 from Canton South Svc Ctr, Canton, OH after 40 years of service

Steven Frisch retired 7/7/2021 from Bucyrus Service Center, Bucyrus, OH after 47 years of service

Ronald Burns retired 7/7/2021 from Tiffin Service Center, Tiffin, OH after 32 years of service

John Liebrecht retired 7/7/2021 from AEP Transmission New Albany HQ, New Albany, OH after 39 years of service

Leslie McCune retired 7/1/2021 from AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH after 41 years of service

Shelley Jahn retired 7/1/2021 from AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH after 43 years of service

Martin Hohl retired 7/9/2021 from AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH after 24 years of service

Bradford Martin retired 7/10/2021 from AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH after 43 years of service

Donald Mays retired 7/31/2021 from Wellston Ofc&Svc Ctr, Wellston, OH after 18 years of service

Keith Green retired 7/3/2021 from Crooksville Svc Bldg, Crooksville, OH after 35 years of service

Denny Deborde retired 7/31/2021 from South Point Ofc & Svc Ctr, South Point, OH after 39 years of service

Clarence Woodhouse retired 5/25/2021 from Delaware Service Ctr, Delaware, OH after 42 years of service

John Rufener retired 7/7/2021 from Wooster Service Bldg, Wooster, OH after 40 years of service

Charles Kuskowski retired 7/24/2021 from AEP Transmission NewAlbany HQ2, New Albany, OH after 50 years of service

Christian Vittorio retired 7/31/2021 from Transmission Columbus Svc Ctr, Columbus, OH after 41 years of service

Oklahoma

Chris Woodard retired 7/10/2021 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK after 43 years of service

Kenneth Haley retired 7/31/2021 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK after 40 years of service

Brigit Graham retired 7/31/2021 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK after 36 years of service

Monica Parker retired 7/31/2021 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK after 23 years of service

Theodore Bowen retired 7/24/2021 from Tulsa Power Station, Tulsa, OK after 31 years of service

John Bain retired 6/8/2021 from Energy Control Center, Tulsa, OK after 40 years of service

Rick Weatherford retired 7/10/2021 from Energy Control Center, Tulsa, OK after 42 years of service

Douglas Standlee retired 5/21/2021 from Northeastern Stn 3&4, Oologah, OK after 36 years of service

Elbert Watts retired 7/24/2021 from Northeastern Stn 3&4, Oologah, OK after 39 years of service

Alvin Cretsinger retired 7/7/2021 from Northeastern Stn 3&4, Oologah, OK after 26 years of service

Gary Skocdopole retired 7/2/2021 from Alsuma Meter & Substation, Tulsa, OK after 40 years of service

Sandra Grego retired 6/16/2021 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK after 30 years of service

Saundra Thompson retired 6/2/2021 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK after 27 years of service

Glen Hagar retired 7/1/2021 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK after 30 years of service

Dorothy Renault retired 7/3/2021 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK after 42 years of service

Joseph Sanders retired 7/29/2021 from Vinita, Vinita, OK after 22 years of service

Troy Williams retired 7/31/2021 from Chickasha, Chickasha, OK after 15 years of service

Martin Anderson retired 6/1/2021 from Mid Metro, Tulsa, OK after 18 years of service

Ruth Dovers retired 7/2/2021 from Mid Metro, Tulsa, OK after 44 years of service

Johnnie Henderson retired 7/3/2021 from Southwestern Station, Anadarko, OK after 42 years of service

James Clift retired 7/7/2021 from Southwestern Station, Anadarko, OK after 37 years of service

Tennessee

Rita Haga retired 7/31/2021 from Kingsport Service Ctr, Kingsport, TN after 32 years of service

Floyd Wilson retired 7/1/2021 from Kingsport Service Ctr, Kingsport, TN after 43 years of service

Texas

Mitchell Kidd retired 7/10/2021 from Home Worksite-Texas, TX after 29 years of service

David Garcia retired 7/31/2021 from Pharr North Service Center, Pharr, TX after 13 years of service

Randy Mudd retired 7/31/2021 from Cc South Area Office, Corpus Christi, TX after 38 years of service

Mark Ochoa retired 7/24/2021 from Western Div Office, Laredo, TX after 26 years of service

Troy Martin retired 7/31/2021 from Alice Service Center, Alice, TX after 36 years of service

Terry Raley retired 7/3/2021 from Uvalde Service Center, Uvalde, TX after 36 years of service

Michael Wilson retired 7/10/2021 from Pearsall Service Center, Pearsall, TX after 10 years of service

Russell Ward retired 7/10/2021 from Goliad Service Office, Goliad, TX after 35 years of service

James Alford retired 5/18/2021 from Pirkey Plant, Hallsville, TX after 36 years of service

Antonio Hernandez retired 7/7/2021 from Pirkey Plant, Hallsville, TX after 30 years of service

Henry Dancer retired 7/10/2021 from Hamlin, Hamlin, TX after 26 years of service

William Bywaters retired 7/24/2021 from Victoria Service Center, Victoria, TX after 17 years of service

Rhonda Fahrlender retired 7/7/2021 from Meter Services, Abilene, TX after 41 years of service

Larry Clifton retired 7/1/2021 from T & D Operations, Abilene, TX after 43 years of service

Justo Bryand retired 7/10/2021 from Central Div-Br-Victoria, Victoria, TX after 42 years of service

Everett Jones retired 7/1/2021 from Longview Operations, Longview, TX after 40 years of service

Jimmy Collins retired 7/3/2021 from Longview Operations, Longview, TX after 46 years of service

Kelly Gilday retired 5/30/2021 from Harlingen Svc Center, Harlingen, TX after 35 years of service

Gerardo Gonzalez retired 7/3/2021 from Laredo Service Center, Laredo, TX after 39 years of service

Jose  De Hoyos retired 7/3/2021 from Laredo Service Center, Laredo, TX after 40 years of service

Randall Kurtz retired 7/24/2021 from Ballinger, Ballinger, TX after 41 years of service

William Jones retired 7/13/2021 from Wilkes Plant, Avinger, TX after 33 years of service

Julio Reyes retired 7/1/2021 from Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX after 46 years of service

Jim Fowler retired 7/7/2021 from Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX after 37 years of service

Joe Powell retired 7/2/2021 from Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX after 28 years of service

Randy Beckett retired 7/10/2021 from Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX after 36 years of service

Pablo Garza retired 7/10/2021 from San Benito Service Center, San Benito, TX after 31 years of service

Jerry Matheny retired 7/1/2021 from Corpus Christi TOC, Corpus Christi, TX after 40 years of service

Louis Kubala retired 7/10/2021 from Corpus Christi TOC, Corpus Christi, TX after 44 years of service

Tommy Cage retired 7/24/2021 from Corpus Christi TOC, Corpus Christi, TX after 42 years of service

William Rouse retired 7/9/2021 from Corpus Christi Service Center, Corpus Christi, TX after 35 years of service

Mickey Sutton retired 7/3/2021 from Knox Lee Plant, Longview, TX after 37 years of service

John Ford retired 7/21/2021 from Knox Lee Plant, Longview, TX after 41 years of service

Virginia

Robert Schronce retired 7/7/2021 from Pulaski Svc Center, Pulaski, VA after 41 years of service

Barry Burnette retired 7/15/2021 from Fieldale Office, Fieldale, VA after 41 years of service

Donald Nance retired 7/17/2021 from Fieldale Office, Fieldale, VA after 30 years of service

Brian Martin retired 7/10/2021 from Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA after 35 years of service

Michael Humphrey retired 7/6/2021 from Roanoke Service Bldg., Roanoke, VA after 35 years of service

Steven Montgomery retired 7/23/2021 from Stuart Office, Stuart, VA after 32 years of service

West Virginia

Patricia McCormick retired 7/3/2021 from Beckley Service Center, Beckley, WV after 40 years of service

Danny Windon retired 7/10/2021 from Beckley Service Center, Beckley, WV after 41 years of service

Teresa Adkins retired 7/2/2021 from Huntington Svc Ctr, Huntington, WV after 29 years of service

Mark Booth retired 7/9/2021 from Huntington Svc Ctr, Huntington, WV after 37 years of service

David Dunn retired 7/30/2021 from Huntington Svc Ctr, Huntington, WV after 35 years of service

Jerry Hawley retired 5/18/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV after 37 years of service

Patrick Farry retired 5/29/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV after 41 years of service

Richard Landers retired 5/31/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV after 41 years of service

Cassandra Haynes retired 7/1/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV after 36 years of service

Terry Burdette retired 7/1/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV after 44 years of service

Jeffrey Harrah retired 7/1/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV after 37 years of service

Michael Wagner retired 7/1/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV after 41 years of service

Deanna Cunningham retired 7/3/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV after 25 years of service

Kevin Standifur retired 7/10/2021 from Bluefield Wv Srv Ctr, Bluefield, WV after 36 years of service

Randolph Jones retired 7/16/2021 from N Charleston Trs Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV after 42 years of service

Tony Paragon retired 7/17/2021 from N Charleston Trs Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV after 44 years of service

William Sell retired 6/1/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV after 30 years of service

Patrick Frohnapfel retired 6/2/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV after 36 years of service

David Yoho retired 7/1/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV after 40 years of service

Phillip Cecil retired 7/1/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV after 15 years of service

Robert Randolph retired 7/3/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV after 41 years of service

Randy Suto retired 7/6/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV after 36 years of service

Richard Robinson retired 7/24/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV after 39 years of service

Roy Spry retired 7/7/2021 from Logan Service Center, Logan, WV after 22 years of service

Ervin Starr retired 7/13/2021 from Logan Service Center, Logan, WV after 43 years of service

Samuel Day retired 7/28/2021 from Logan Service Center, Logan, WV after 44 years of service

William Brown retired 6/25/2021 from Central Machine Shop, South Charleston, WV after 33 years of service

Robert Lake retired 7/16/2021 from Central Machine Shop, South Charleston, WV after 23 years of service

Joanne Chedester retired 6/2/2021 from Wheeling Service Bldg, Wheeling, WV after 32 years of service

Mark Wales retired 7/31/2021 from Wheeling Service Bldg, Wheeling, WV after 31 years of service

Donna Willey retired 5/18/2021 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV after 42 years of service

William Wolfe retired 7/2/2021 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV after 37 years of service

Janet Igleheart retired 7/10/2021 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV after 41 years of service

Dennis Taylor retired 7/29/2021 from River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV after 10 years of service

Janet Rosiek retired 6/18/2021 from N Charleston Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV after 28 years of service

John Snyder retired 7/1/2021 from N Charleston Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV after 41 years of service

Cindy Gates retired 7/1/2021 from N Charleston Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV after 37 years of service

Tony Nutter retired 7/3/2021 from N Charleston Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV after 41 years of service

Glen Lyall retired 7/31/2021 from N Charleston Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV after 13 years of service

Making a Difference Grant Program Accepting Applications

AEP Community Engagement is pleased to announce the 2021 Making a Difference Grant program, including new elements to promote participation and allow more time to conduct activities.

Employees can apply for 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.  This year’s grant program include two new elements. Projects are no longer limited to the month of October. Project coordinators will use the [Caring Together] volunteer website to promote and manage the activity as well as record volunteer hours.

Due to the on-going and evolving issues related to Covid-19, projects should be virtual or comply with current AEP COVID 19 safety precautions.

The deadline to submit applications is September 13, 2021.

To learn more about the grant program, see the [Community & Education Relations] website on AEP Now. 

Complete an on-line application at AEP.com/AEPMDgrant    

Electric Highway Coalition Doubles in Size

The Electric Highway Coalition (EHC) has doubled the number of companies committed to enabling long distance electric vehicle (EV) travel through a network of DC fast charging stations connecting major highway systems.

Membership in the EHC – which is committed to helping enable long distance all-electric travel by adding fast charging stations along U.S. highway routes – has now grown to include AVANGRID, Consolidated Edison, DTE Energy, Eversource Energy, Exelon, FirstEnergy Corp., ITC Holdings Corp., and National Grid. Formed in March 2021, EHC began its membership with American Electric Power, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Entergy Corporation, Southern Co., and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Together, the 14 members – representing 29 states and the District of Columbia and serving more than 60 million customers – are committed to growing corridor EV charging solutions within their service territories and working with other members to ensure the charging resources enabled EV drivers convenient charging options and seamless travel routes.

In addition to expanding membership, the EHC has further defined its goals and objectives while beginning cooperation in pursuit of their shared objective. The members have agreed to work together to ensure efficient and effective fast charging deployment plans that enable long distance EV travel, avoid duplication among coalition utilities, and complement existing corridor fast charging sites. Ideally, EHC members are pursuing sites that are easily accessible for drivers located less than 100 miles apart. The EHC is also committed to providing a positive charging experience for drivers, including having at least two charging stations with universal vehicle compatibility, and additional features where feasible, such as real-time status reporting for drivers and convenient payment collection. DC Fast charging stations are typically capable of getting drivers back on the road in 20-30 minutes. However, the member companies are working closely with stakeholders in their service territories to determine the best approaches to support effective EV charging buildout. Additionally, each member company will determine its own specific pricing models and select their own charging equipment providers.

“AEP helped bring the initial members of the Electric Highway Coalition together. In just a few months we have been able to more than double the number of companies who want to be part of this unprecedented effort,” said Nicholas K. Akins, AEP’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Every major car maker has announced production of EVs for every lifestyle – from pickup trucks to performance cars – and our industry is prepared to ensure that drivers can travel wherever the road takes them. Through the EHC, we can make sure that our nation’s charging infrastructure is built to enable travel and make the most efficient use of the energy grid.”

AEP has committed to replacing its 2,300 cars and light-duty trucks with EV models by 2030. Additional medium- and heavy-duty vehicles will transition to hybrid or electric alternatives as models become available. The charging network announced today also will enable AEP employees to use EVs to travel throughout the company’s 11-state service territory. AEP also is working with select customers across its service territory to help them understand the benefits of electrifying their own vehicle fleets or business processes.

Across its service territory, AEP is working with regulators to create programs that benefit all customers and support EV adoption, such as off-peak charging programs, incentives for charging station installations, energy efficiency rebates, and consultative services to encourage electrification.

In 2018, AEP Ohio launched a $10 million program to deploy 375 charging stations in partnership with local governments, workplaces and multi-family dwellings to increase publicly available charging sites and demonstrate the benefit of public-private partnerships as part of the Smart Columbus initiative. The program included a requirement to locate 10% of the charging stations in low-income areas, a benchmark that was exceeded.

In 2020, Indiana Michigan Power began offering its IM Plugged In program to address residential, multi-family dwelling, fleet and workplace charging, as well as corridor fast charging. The program offers customers rebate programs that reduce EV charging infrastructure costs and EV-specific off-peak rates.

Appalachian Power offers a residential off-peak charging program for Virginia customers. Customers also receive credits for EV charging that takes place during off-peak periods, such as overnight.

Additionally, residential customers of Public Service Company of Oklahoma and Southwestern Electric Power Company in Louisiana and Texas are eligible for energy efficiency rebates on qualified EV chargers.

The Electric Highway Coalition welcomes interested utilities to join as it seeks to extend the reach of network. Additionally, it supports, and looks forward to working with, other regional utility transportation corridor electrification initiatives.

$1M in Grants from AEP Foundation to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

SWEPCO President Malcolm Smoak, third from the right, and Director of Grid Modenrization Henry Brown, far right, present representatives of three historically black colleges in SWEPCO”s serice territory $250,000 each as part of the AEP Foundation’s Delivering on the Dream: Social and Racial Justice Program. A fourth college in Bluefield, Vigirnia also received $250,000. 

The American Electric Power Foundation has awarded $1 million in grants to four historically black colleges and universities. Three of the four institutions are in communities served by SWEPCO – Southern University in Shreveport Foundation in Shreveport, La., Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, and Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas. The fourth is Bluefield State College in Bluefield, W.Va., served by Appalachian Power.

The gifts are part of the foundation’s Delivering on the Dream: Social and Racial Justice grant program, which is a five-year, $5 million commitment to fund organizations with programs dedicated to advancing social and racial justice in communities served by American Electric Power. The company is encouraging its workforce to make personal commitments as allies and to act as catalysts for change.

“Diversity, equity and inclusion continue to be critical components of our company culture, but the past year has proven we still have work to do, both at AEP and in our communities,” said Janelle Coleman, vice president, Philanthropy and Community Engagement, and president of the AEP Foundation. “The Delivering on the Dream grant program puts our words into action. AEP and its Foundation are proud to partner with these organizations dedicated to empowering equity for our customers, neighbors and employees of color.”

The Southern University at Shreveport Foundation will use the $250,000 grant to create the STEM Academy to provide academic credits, hands-on experience and scholarships to encourage both high school students and adults of color to pursue a career in a STEM field. The Academy will have a track for high school dual enrollment students and for unemployed or underemployed adults.

“Bluefield State College is profoundly grateful for the very timely and substantial support of the American Electric Power Foundation,” said Robin Capehart, president of BSC. “The $250,000 grant awarded to the BSC Foundation will enable our College to enhance educational opportunities for minority students through STEM education. The American Electric Power Delivering on the Dream grant will dramatically elevate the career trajectory of many promising minority students at Bluefield State College.”

Wiley College will utilize the $250,000 gift to improve its STEM academic program, including renovating its science building, updating the campus internet network and improving its STEM curriculum. The grant also will help update campus safety and security through lighting and emergency communication enhancements.

Jarvis Christian College will use the funds to develop and implement a Summer Science Academy for 9th to 12th graders to expand the pipeline of minority students who pursue STEM degrees at the college.

“These grants from the AEP Foundation will enable SUSLA, Wiley College and Jarvis Christian College to expand their STEM programming, creating more opportunities for minority students to excel in school and beyond,” said Malcolm Smoak, president and chief operating officer of SWEPCO, that provides funding to the AEP Foundation. “SWEPCO also is dedicated to building brighter futures for the communities where we live and work and remains committed to advancing justice and equity for our neighbors of color.”

The other organizations to receive funds include: the YWCA Columbus, the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, and Youth Services of Tulsa.

Remembering Pete White, Former Chairman and CEO

pete white obit photoPete White led American Electric Power the way he lived his life, as a service to others, and as a steady, effective chief executive officer. White, who served as chairman and CEO from 1976 to 1991, died on July 4 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was 94.

Described as gracious, thoughtful and a calming presence as CEO, White led AEP through some difficult and complex times, such as finalizing the purchase of Columbus and Southern Ohio Electric; the move of the corporate headquarters from New York City to Columbus; and the successful transition of the Zimmer plant project from a nearly complete nuclear reactor to a coal-fired power plant.

“The entire AEP family mourns the passing of this truly great person,” said Nick Akins, chairman, president and chief executive officer of AEP. “Pete’s dedication to his family, his profession and his community were obvious to all who knew him.

“I always enjoyed my visits with Pete. He was a walking history of AEP, and a true gentleman in every sense,” Akins said. “AEP would not be the company it is today without his steady leadership for so many years. Whenever we talked, he was always amazed by the changing environment we face, while I always marveled at what he dealt with and the amount of change during his time with the company. I will truly miss his warm personality and the rich conversations that we shared. Our hearts go out to his family.”

The Transmission Operations Center in New Albany bears White’s name. He helped cut the ribbon to dedicate the facility in 2008. Under White’s leadership the first TOC was developed at 1RP in the 1980s. White also oversaw the doubling of the miles of AEP’s 765 kV transmission lines.

He spent his entire professional career at AEP, from his start as an assistant engineer in 1948 to his retirement as chairman in 1992. He served in management roles in New York, Virginia and Ohio.

White was an assistant to Philip Sporn, who was then president of AEP, and as a promising young executive was sent to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Sloan Fellow. In 1961 he moved into management in Lynchburg, Va. – an assignment White recalled, “as satisfying a job as I ever had.” He became executive vice president and COO of Appalachian Power in 1969. White moved back to headquarters in New York in 1973 as senior executive vice president of operations.

“Everyone liked (Pete White). I don’t know anybody, anybody who didn’t like Pete White,” said John Dolan, former vice chairman and chief engineer of AEP, in the book “A Century of Firsts.”

Born in 1926 in Chesapeake, Va., Willis S. “Pete” White attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute majoring in electrical engineering. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945 before the end of World War II. He was an amateur musician and played the trombone and piano. He was a member of Virginia Tech’s marching band and sang with the AEP choir when he worked for the company in New York. He was a supporter of the Roanoke and Columbus symphonies.

Service was a big part of White’s life outside of AEP. He was a campaign chairman for the United Way of Franklin County, chairman of the Greater Columbus Convention Center Board of Trustees, a trustee of Children’s Hospital, an emeritus trustee of Riverside Methodist Hospital, a board member of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of OhioHealth. He was the first American chairman of CIGRE (the International Council on Large Electric Systems, headquartered in Paris), a director of several companies and organizations including the Bank of New York Mellon, Irving Trust Company, the Edison Electric Institute, the National Association of Manufacturers, and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Battelle Memorial Institute. President George H. W. Bush appointed White as a private-sector representative to the U.S. Presidential Economic Delegation to Poland.

White also served on the board of the Ohio Methodist Theological Seminary, the Board of Visitors at Virginia Tech and as director of the Virginia Tech Foundation, and trustee of Randolph-Macon College. Virginia Tech awarded him the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the Ruffner Medal for service, and the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Service Award. The College of Engineering named its Chair for Innovation in Engineering Education in White’s honor. 

Mr. White is survived by his wife, Adele McComas White, and her children, Cathleen McComas and Patrick McComas of Columbus; his brother Norman T. White of Chesapeake, Va.; his children, Willis S. White III, of Jacksonville, Fla., Marguerite W. Spangler and her husband Dr. Pat W. Spangler of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Cynthia White-Haight of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; as well as grandchildren Dr. M. Lee Spangler, II of Waterford, Va., Nicholas W. Spangler of Brentwood, Tenn., Alexander J. Haight and Charles Z. Haight of Kent, Ohio, and two great grandchildren, Owen and Collins Spangler. In addition to his parents, his first wife, LaVerne B. White, and his sister, Doris White Jones, preceded him in death.

A Celebration of life, and burial will be held in Columbus. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Kobacker House Hospice, Trinity United Methodist Church in Columbus, and Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro.

How do you remember Pete White? Please leave a memory in the comments.

Willis S. “Pete” White Jr. Obituary

Pete White, former chairman and chief executive officer of American Electric Power, died July 4 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was 94.

White’s obituary can be found here: Obituary | Willis S. “Pete” White, Jr. of Columbus, Ohio | Woodfin Funeral Chapel (woodfinchapel.com)

White was chairman and CEO from 1976 to 1991. He led AEP during the move of the headquarters from New York City to Columbus and the successful transition of the Zimmer plant project from a nearly complete nuclear plant to coal-fired power.

April-May 2021 Obits

Indiana

Steven Vaughn, 73, Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN, died 5/7/2021       

Ralph McCann, 86, Breed Plant, Fairbanks, IN, died 4/17/2021       

Mary Barrington, 95, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 3/26/2021       

Michael Parcher, 78, South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, died 4/7/2021       

John Troeger, 85, Elkhart Ofc/Svc Bldg, Elkhart, IN, died 4/11/2021       

William Young, 90, Spy Run Bldg. #3, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 3/25/2021       

Linda Fry, 77, Muncie Srv Ctr, Muncie, IN, died 4/21/2021       

Clara Whan, 86, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 5/11/2021       

Ronald Ronk, 86, Marion Svc Ctr-Bldg#1, Marion, IN, died 4/24/2021        

Kermit Gorrell, 95, Spy Run Bldg. #3, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 4/4/2021       

Audrey Miller, 91, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 3/18/2021       

Franklin Maddox, 85, Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN, died 3/23/2021       

Kentucky

Larry McDowell, 83, Big Sandy Plant, Louisa, KY, died 4/10/2021       

Louisiana

James Vincent, 85, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 5/5/2021       

Dexter Johnson, 80, Plaquemine District Ofc/Plt, Plaquemine, LA, died 3/19/2021       

Walter Williams, 66, Dolet Hills Lignite, Mansfield, LA, died 3/20/2021       

Michigan

Daniel Krause, 68, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 3/24/2021       

Robert Smith, 74, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 5/1/2021       

Rosemarie Foltz, 76, Cook Info Ctr (Vstr Ctr), Bridgman, MI, died 4/16/2021       

Missouri

James Anderson, 83, AEP River Operations – Cape, Cape Girardeau, MO, died 4/1/2021       

Ohio

George Blizzard, 72, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 4/17/2021       

Philip Hill, 71, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 5/5/2021       

Robert Parr, 73, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 4/18/2021       

Kenneth Reigle, 74, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 3/19/2021       

Gary Kunkler, 73, Mound St Svc Ctr, Columbus, OH, died 4/23/2021       

Allen Housley, 73, Canton General Svc Ctr, Canton, OH, died 4/20/2021       

Duane Jones, 77, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 3/29/2021       

John Drosak, 78, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 4/3/2021       

Ronnie McCalla, 76, Mound St Svc Ctr, Columbus, OH, died 3/27/2021       

Edsel Staten, 93, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 4/16/2021       

Anthony Welsch, 89, Steubenville Service Center, Steubenville, OH, died 4/4/2021       

W. G. “Bo” Smith, 82, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 3/31/2021       

Gerald Stillings, 85, Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH, died 3/18/2021       

Dix Burke, 86, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 3/28/2021       

John Nugent, 84, Zanesville Office, Zanesville, OH, died 4/8/2021       

Ned Carter, 88, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 4/28/2021       

Richard Perry, 79, Athens Ofc & Svc Center, Athens, OH, died 4/7/2021       

Francis Schilling, 83, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 4/25/2021       

Alex Lazar, 94, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 3/26/2021       

Oklahoma

Sidney Russell, 89, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 4/15/2021       

James Bischoff, 85, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 4/20/2021       

Texas

Roger Behrens, 89, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 3/28/2021       

Robert Burley, 96, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 3/27/2021       

Michael Cearley, 74, Pharr North Service Center, Pharr, TX, died 4/11/2021       

Mary Niccum, 94, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 4/11/2021       

Frank Najera, 86, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 4/4/2021       

V Padilla, 89, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 4/16/2021       

Boniface Parma, 85, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 4/21/2021       

Leonard Wright, 81, Longview, Longview, TX, died 4/20/2021       

Jerry McKinney, 77, Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX, died 4/12/2021       

Mary Cagle, 83, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 5/10/2021       

James Duke, 84, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 5/6/2021       

E Spears, 87, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 4/27/2021       

Virginia

Richard Fortune, 67, Lynchburg Svc Ctr, Lynchburg, VA, died 3/18/2021       

John Altice, 74, John W. Vaughan Center, Roanoke, VA, died 4/6/2021       

Norman Fowler, 78, Lynchburg Svc Ctr, Lynchburg, VA, died 3/20/2021       

Thomas French, 84, Bluefield Va Srv Ctr, Bluefield, VA, died 4/13/2021       

Felix Vasser, 95, Smith Mountain Hydro, Sandy Level, VA, died 4/13/2021       

West Virginia

Steven Ward, 66, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 5/5/2021       

James Thomas, 82, River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, died 5/10/2021        

Lewis Melchiori, 90, Kammer, Moundsville, WV, died 4/24/2021       

Robert Nelson, 80, Bluefield Office, Bluefield, WV, died 5/16/2021       

Donald Jones, 88, Central Machine Shop, South Charleston, WV, died 5/11/2021