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Obits Jan.-Feb. 2021

Arkansas

Johnny McKain, 71, Flint Creek Plant, Gentry, AR, died 1/24/2021      

Indiana

John McLaughlin, 73, Spy Run Bldg. #1, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 12/31/2020      

Melvin Parkes, 67, South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, died 2/12/2021      

Morris Mathews, 94, South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, died 2/22/2021      

Richard Bognar, 88, South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, died 2/8/2021      

Max Cunningham, 87, Spy Run Bldg. #3, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 2/23/2021      

Phyllis Odell, 89, Muncie Srv Ctr, Muncie, IN, died 12/29/2020      

Loren Shaleen, 98, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 3/1/2021      

Beverly Byram, 81, Tanners Creek Plant, Lawrenceburg, IN, died 1/9/2021      

Kentucky

Everett Kiger, 88, Robert E Matthews Service Cent, Ashland, KY, died 1/23/2021       

Louisiana

J Taylor, 86, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 2/26/2021      

James Tait, 80, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 1/1/2021      

Patsy Jones, 83, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 1/22/2021      

Robert Haskett, 56, Dolet Hills Lignite, Mansfield, LA, died 2/20/2021      

Raybon Williams, 74, Natchitoches Service Center, Natchitoches, LA, died 1/7/2021      

Michigan

Roger Gacki, 79, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 2/1/2021      

David Butler, 73, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 2/1/2021      

Larry Eber, 84, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 2/17/2021      

Gustave Rothmaler, 95, Rockefeller Center, New York, NY, died 1/19/2021      

Ohio

Jon Merrifield, 76, Athens Ofc & Svc Center, Athens, OH, died 2/19/2021      

Jack Horner, 73, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 1/21/2021      

Ronald Davis, 78, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 2/1/2021      

Larry Foust, 64, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 2/18/2021      

Steve Hall, 70, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 3/1/2021      

Joseph Vipperman, 80, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 1/23/2021      

Gary Wells, 73, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 2/10/2021      

Roger Curtiss, 72, Fostoria Office Building, Fostoria, OH, died 2/7/2021      

Daniel Leibengood, 72, Fostoria Service Center, Fostoria, OH, died 1/7/2021      

Donn Pumpa, 73, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 1/24/2021      

David Thurston, 74, AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH, died 3/5/2021      

Daniel Lindesmith, 78, 825 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 1/15/2021      

William Greer, 74, Mound St Svc Ctr, Columbus, OH, died 1/24/2021      

James Hemphill, 76, AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH, died 3/8/2021      

Margaret Sparks, 79, Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH, died 3/4/2021      

Lorraine Summer, 79, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 2/3/2021      

Patricia Stainer, 81, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 1/28/2021      

Roberto Duro, 82, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 1/15/2021      

Richard Hering, 87, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 2/24/2021      

William Carl, 77, Picway Plant, Lockbourne, OH, died 1/30/2021      

Donald Overfield, 89, Lancaster Office Bldg, Lancaster, OH, died 12/28/2020      

Jesse Crutchfield, 81, Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH, died 1/7/2021      

Jacob Williams, 94, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 1/28/2021      

Virginia Woessner, 93, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 1/16/2021      

George Vaughan, 89, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 2/1/2021      

Robert Hartman, 88, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 2/10/2021      

Gerald Frey, 83, AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH, died 2/2/2021      

Shirley Beck, 83, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 1/16/2021      

Jack Welsch, 92, Belmont Ofc & Svc Bldg, St. Clairsville, OH, died 1/26/2021      

Hugh McCoy, 88, Findlay Service Center, Findlay, OH, died 1/1/2021      

George Dumm, 91, Van Wert Office Bldg, Van Wert, OH, died 2/15/2021      

Samuel Burkhart, 88, Belmont Ofc & Svc Bldg, St. Clairsville, OH, died 1/27/2021      

Joe Bryan, 94, Belmont Ofc & Svc Bldg, St. Clairsville, OH, died 2/16/2021      

Martha Almack, 82, Conesville Prep Plant, Conesville, OH, died 1/6/2021      

Larry Greene, 80, Steubenville Service Center, Steubenville, OH, died 2/2/2021      

Thomas McDonald, 84, Athens Ofc & Svc Center, Athens, OH, died 2/11/2021      

James Rice, 83, Lima Service Center, Lima, OH, died 3/8/2021      

William Corbitt, 97, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 1/28/2021      

Barbara Meyer, 84, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 12/28/2020      

James Farrell, 89, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 1/26/2021      

Donald Pilcher, 89, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 1/24/2021      

Howard Stebelton, 98, Picway Plant, Lockbourne, OH, died 12/31/2020      

John Whitmyer, 88, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 1/27/2021      

William Abel, 82, Canton General Svc Ctr, Canton, OH, died 1/14/2021      

Barbara Myers, 78, West.Ohio Reg.Acct.Mtc.Office, Findlay, OH, died 1/22/2021      

Elden Williard, 94, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 1/12/2021      

William Fisher, 88, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 1/25/2021      

Blaine Weinstock, 83, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 2/20/2021      

James Montgomery, 87, Portsmouth Svc Ctr, Portsmouth, OH, died 2/3/2021      

Paul Pollard, 84, Chillicothe Office, Chillicothe, OH, died 1/31/2021      

Robert Simmons, 83, Wellston Ofc&Svc Ctr, Wellston, OH, died 12/28/2020      

Wilbur Riggs, 97, Athens Ofc & Svc Center, Athens, OH, died 1/8/2021      

Betty Wolf, 90, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 1/13/2021      

Richard Hiser, 85, Tiffin Service Center, Tiffin, OH, died 1/23/2021      

Kenneth Bell, 80, Athens Ofc & Svc Center, Athens, OH, died 1/12/2021      

Willard Preston, 93, Lancaster Office Bldg, Lancaster, OH, died 2/25/2021      

Garland Plymale, 91, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 2/11/2021      

Delores Adams, 62, Chillicothe Svc Ctr, Chillicothe, OH, died 3/1/2021      

Oklahoma

John Olendorff, 73, Tulsa Square One, Tulsa, OK, died 2/11/2021      

Thomas Carr, 88, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 12/30/2020      

Daisy Clary, 92, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 1/18/2021      

Manley Clements, 101, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 2/23/2021      

Murrel Cowherd, 94, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 2/14/2021      

James Garrett, 93, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 1/7/2021      

Cleo Hobbs, 85, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 2/2/2021      

Evelyn Hopcus, 89, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 2/7/2021      

Wilbert Hunsicker, 90, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 2/22/2021      

Reyneta Garcia, 88, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 1/8/2021      

Jerry Lawrence, 89, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 1/26/2021      

Orvalette Rentie, 86, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 2/17/2021      

William Stearns, 85, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 1/19/2021      

James Taylor, 90, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 1/21/2021      

Sharon Wade, 78, McAlester Operations Center, McAlester, OK, died 1/3/2021      

Billy Weathers, 88, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 3/9/2021      

Roy Rogers, 82, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 3/5/2021      

Texas

Ernesto Atkinson, 94, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 1/15/2021      

Douglas Curry, 71, West.Div Br.-Uvalde, Uvalde, TX, died 2/18/2021      

Ja Fuller, 98, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 3/2/2021      

Angel Flores, 89, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 1/25/2021      

Santiago Gutierrez, 81, Laredo Service Center, Laredo, TX, died 1/21/2021      

S.E. Kelly, 91, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 2/15/2021      

Bill Smith, 72, Pleasanton Area Office, Pleasanton, TX, died 1/6/2021      

Tommy Whitwell, 79, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 1/7/2021      

Julius Winter, 83, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 12/31/2020      

James Smith, 80, Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX, died 2/16/2021      

Bobby Tompkins, 75, Pirkey Plant, Hallsville, TX, died 1/11/2021      

William Swafford, 73, Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX, died 1/25/2021      

Jack Mobley, 63, Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX, died 2/9/2021      

Willie Guerra, 77, Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX, died 2/21/2021      

Aubrey Ivey, 94, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 12/31/2020      

Joy Kidd, 88, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 1/18/2021      

D Powers, 77, Lake Pauline Pwr Plt, Quanah, TX, died 12/30/2020      

Edna Baker, 84, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 1/30/2021      

Virginia

George Heartwell, 70, Glen Lyn/Pearisburg Svc Ctr, Glen Lyn, VA, died 1/25/2021      

Robert Williams, 69, Lynchburg Svc Ctr, Lynchburg, VA, died 3/5/2021      

James Atkins, 69, Glade Spring Service Center, Glade Spring, VA, died 1/1/2021      

Bennie Graves, 73, Smith Mountain Hydro, Sandy Level, VA, died 2/6/2021      

Ronnie Kelley, 75, John W. Vaughan Center, Roanoke, VA, died 2/9/2021      

Holley Mutter, 87, John W. Vaughan Center, Roanoke, VA, died 2/6/2021       

Raymond Witt, 96, Lynchburg Office, Lynchburg, VA, died 2/24/2021      

William Clapp, 80, Abingdon Service Ctr, Abingdon, VA, died 2/3/2021      

Claymus Harlowe, 79, Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA, died 2/16/2021      

Glen Shumate, 81, Pulaski Trans Bldg, Pulaski, VA, died 2/8/2021      

West Virginia

Ray England, 65, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 2/2/2021      

Jimmie Dunford, 70, Beckley Service Center, Beckley, WV, died 1/4/2021      

Dennis Harris, 67, Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, died 1/31/2021      

Alvin Warner, 69, Beckley Service Center, Beckley, WV, died 1/12/2021      

David Stout, 73, Sporn Plant, New Haven, WV, died 1/26/2021      

Gary Duffey, 73, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 1/25/2021      

Dianna Hussell, 72, River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, died 1/19/2021      

Regina Worrels, 74, Kammer, Moundsville, WV, died 12/30/2020      

Robert Hughes, 85, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 2/28/2021      

Charles Hoffman, 75, Sporn Plant, New Haven, WV, died 3/2/2021      

Mary Mash, 83, Bluefield Office, Bluefield, WV, died 1/22/2021      

Oscar Goodnight, 78, Windsor Coal Mine, West Liberty, WV, died 2/19/2021      

James Walls, 84, Logan Service Center, Logan, WV, died 1/7/2021      

Cecil Duncan, 81, Sporn Plant, New Haven, WV, died 1/20/2021      

Pauline Gilkerson, 98, Huntington Office, Huntington, WV, died 1/2/2021      

Ronald Surbaugh, 82, Kanawha River Plant, Glasgow, WV, died 1/31/2021      

William King, 95, Sporn Plant, New Haven, WV, died 2/15/2021      

Theodore Neal, 54, Pt Pleasant Ofc & Svc Ctr, Pt. Pleasant, WV, died 2/1/2021      

Kenneth Colston, 55, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 2/24/2021      

Robert Kinney, 91, died 1/9/2021      

Patricia Millward, 91 , died 1/3/2021      

AEP Releases Climate Scenario Analysis

American Electric Power has released its Climate Scenario Analysis, a report that examines the impacts of climate change on the company’s operations, as well as the potential implications of the transition to a clean energy economy.

In February, AEP announced a new goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with an interim target to cut emissions 80% from 2000 levels by 2030. AEP plans to add more than 10,000 megawatts (MW) of new renewable resources to its generation portfolio by 2030 and is investing in a smarter, more modern power grid and new energy technologies to help reach these goals.

In the last decade, AEP has retired or sold nearly 13,500 MW of coal-fueled generation and expects to reduce coal capacity by an additional 5,600 MW by 2030, creating opportunities to replace generation with low- or no-carbon resources. The company also is focused on enhancing the electric delivery system to accelerate the adoption of efficient, cost-effective clean energy.

AEP’s Climate Scenario Analysis report is aligned with the Task Force for the Climate-related Financial Disclosure framework and includes three focus areas: transition risk, physical risks and the socio-economic impact of coal plant retirements. The company examined prospective technologies and resources needed to produce a clean energy future, while also assessing potential costs to customers and market response.

“At AEP, we’re committed to making the energy we provide as clean as possible, as fast as we can, all without compromising reliability, affordability, or the security of the electric power system,” said Nick Akins, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Our most recent analysis of climate-related risks and opportunities created new awareness and will inform our strategic planning and decision-making as we go forward.”

AEP modeled two scenarios to assess the transition – standard operations and a faster, more aggressive effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The analysis showed the company is on a path reduce carbon emissions more than 90% by the mid-2030s and provided insights into the steps necessary to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The report also analyzed the physical risks of climate change and explored how fluctuations in temperature, precipitation amounts, increased frequency and intensity of severe weather and other factors caused by climate change could influence both its competitive and regulated operations. AEP’s analysis showed the company’s efforts to invest in infrastructure and improve the reliability and resiliency of the energy grid are essential to overcome the challenges presented by climate change.

The analysis examines the social and economic effects of retiring coal-fired power plants. AEP conducted an economic impact analysis by modeling the hypothetical closure of four active coal units to quantify the effects of a plant retirement on regional employment, labor income and gross domestic product. To help mitigate the impacts of plant closures, AEP will continue providing advanced notice of plant retirements. The company is committed to supporting employees in finding other employment within the company or as they reenter the job market, and working with community leaders to address other aspects of plant retirements.

Learn more about AEP’s efforts to build a clean energy future with its customers.

February 2021 Retirements

Arkansas

Randy Bowen retired 2/20/2021 from Rogers, Rogers, AR after 49 years

David Mauk retired 2/20/2021 from Nashville, Nashville, AR after 40 years

Indiana

Joseph Badger retired 3/7/2021 from Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN after 32 years

Roberta Dreyer retired 2/27/2021 from Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN after 28 years

Kentucky

Ivan Thacker retired 2/20/2021 from Pikeville Service Ctr, Pikeville, KY after 44 years

Louisiana

Keith Banks retired 2/11/2021 from AEP River Operations – Convent, Convent, LA after 13 years

Christi Brinker retired 3/2/2021 from Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA after 34 years

Gary Clark retired 2/15/2021 from Dolet Hills Lignite, Mansfield, LA after 16 years

Dewey Jackson retired 2/22/2021 from Shreveport Operations, Shreveport, LA after 42 years

Michigan

Timothy Appelman retired 3/10/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI after 34 years

Sr. Behrens retired 2/16/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI after 34 years

William Etheridge retired 2/1/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI after 39 years

Tamara Greer retired 2/13/2021 from St Joe Ofc & Svc Ctr, Benton Harbor, MI after 39 years

Roger Keller retired 3/17/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI after 35 years

Bobby Norrick retired 2/1/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI after 21 years

Bannon Potts retired 2/5/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI after 37 years

Richard Rybicki retired 2/11/2021 from St Joe Ofc & Svc Ctr, Benton Harbor, MI after 31 years

Dean Warlin retired 3/5/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI after 30 years

Ohio

Keith Ater retired 2/27/2021 from Columbus Nw Svc Ctr, Columbus, OH after 40 years

Thomas Bryson retired 3/13/2021 from Grandview Service Center, Columbus, OH after 42 years

James Clements retired 3/3/2021 from Steubenville Service Center, Steubenville, OH after 23 years

George Daley retired 2/13/2021 from Mt Vernon Service Bldg, Mt. Vernon, OH after 39 years

Jay Davis retired 3/3/2021 from Grandview Service Center, Columbus, OH after 47 years

Margaret Favret retired 2/25/2021 from Transmission Ops Center, New Albany, OH after 44 years

Patrick Feeney retired 3/6/2021 from AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH after 12 years

Terri Galigher retired 2/20/2021 from Zanesville Svc Ctr, Zanesville, OH after 42 years

David Gillilan retired 2/12/2021 from South Point Ofc & Svc Ctr, South Point, OH after 42 years

Judith Kirkbaumer retired 2/13/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH after 34 years

Walter Klingaman retired 2/1/2021 from Canton General Svc Ctr, Canton, OH after 43 years

Sandra Loy retired 2/12/2021 from 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH after 22 years

Stephen Muncy retired 2/12/2021 from South Point Ofc & Svc Ctr, South Point, OH after 35 years

Richard Patton retired 2/9/2021 from Columbia Ctr Trnsmn Svc Ctr, Pataskala, OH after 43 years

Daniel Sullivan retired 3/9/2021 from Columbus Sw Svc Ctr, Columbus, OH after 19 years

Shelton Vick retired 2/13/2021 from Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH after 30 years

Raymond Warren retired 2/12/2021 from South Point Ofc & Svc Ctr, South Point, OH after 29 years

Patrick Westfall retired 2/26/2021 from Cambridge Transmsn Svc, Cambridge, OH after 37 years

David Wheeler retired 2/2/2021 from Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH after 36 years

Tracy Wintermute retired 2/27/2021 from Newark Service Bldg, Newark, OH after 40 years

Oklahoma

Richard Delozier retired 2/18/2021 from Northeastern Stn 3&4, Oologah, OK after 35 years

Michael Laughlin retired 2/12/2021 from Tulsa Transmission Office & SC, Tulsa, OK after 36 years

Texas

David Arizmendi retired 2/4/2021 from Pharr North Service Center, Pharr, TX after 17 years

James Clements retired 2/27/2021 from Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX after 43 years

Daniel Dunnavant retired 2/18/2021 from Knox Lee Plant, Longview, TX after 28 years

Fernando Flores retired 3/12/2021 from Pharr North Service Center, Pharr, TX after 29 years

Steve Nix retired 2/27/2021 from Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX after 36 years

Raul Zamarripa retired 3/16/2021 from San Benito Service Center, San Benito, TX after 20 years

Virginia

Judith Emery retired 2/13/2021 from Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA after 40 years

James Garrett retired 2/1/2021 from Lebanon Ofc & Svc Ctr, Lebanon, VA after 41 years

Harry Grubb retired 2/27/2021 from Wytheville Svc Ctr, Wytheville, VA after 41 years

Edward McCraw retired 3/10/2021 from Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA after 34 years

Michael Price retired 3/6/2021 from Roanoke Service Bldg., Roanoke, VA after 41 years

Dennis Roberson retired 2/25/2021 from John W. Vaughan Ctr Mtr/Str, Roanoke, VA after 39 years

West Virginia

Brent Bradford retired 3/4/2021 from River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV after 43 years

Samuel Cottrell retired 2/1/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV after 38 years

Robert Cox retired 2/20/2021 from Central Machine Shop, South Charleston, WV after 24 years

Terry Dempsey retired 2/16/2021 from Williamson Svc Ctr, Williamson, WV after 30 years

Mark Hill retired 3/1/2021 from Madison Service Ctr, Madison, WV after 40 years

Mildred Landes retired 2/12/2021 from River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV after 15 years

Mark Meadows retired 2/1/2021 from Huntington Svc Ctr, Huntington, WV after 31 years

Patricia Newsome retired 3/2/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV after 15 years

Pamela Sullivan retired 2/20/2021 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV after 34 years

Camp Kilowatt to remain closed in 2021

By George Porter

ROANOKE, Va. – AEP’s Camp Kilowatt will remain closed for the remainder of 2021 due to continued COVID-19 restrictions.

Camp Kilowatt will remain closed in 2021. 

Located on Smith Mountain Lake in Union Hall, Va., the cost-free campsite usually serves as a place of recreation and relaxation for current and retired AEP employees, their friends and family.

Concerns for the spread of the coronavirus prevented the camp from opening in 2020. The decision was made recently to continue that ban through the 2021 season.

“We realize that for many Camp Kilowatt is part of their summer vacation plans and we understand the disappointment this decision brings for those that utilize the campground each year,” said Mark McGlothlin, who oversees activities at the camp. “The health and safety of our employees and their families is our highest priority as we continue taking all necessary precautions to help reduce the spread of the virus.”

AEP Launches Redesigned Operating Company Websites

The new sites' design and voice reflect AEP's repositioned brand.

On March 2, AEP's seven operating companies launched newly redesigned websites for customers.

Visitors often look to these sites with diverse needs in mind. Keeping those needs top of mind and providing visitors with quality digital experiences are key priorities for AEP.

The new sites provide visitors with a clean and modernized experience. Completed by in-house resources, three guiding principles drove the project:

  • Make it easy
  • Make it relevant
  • Make it findable

“We always place an emphasis on understanding user goals and behavior,” said Jared Utley, Internet Strategy manager. “This includes several rounds of user research, behavioral analytics, and usability testing. Rigor in those areas helps us confirm that our decisions are based on how people visiting the sites really perceive and behave.”

Visitors can expect an engaging experience and a heightened focus on storytelling.

Operating Company and AEP communicators will have enhanced access to the sites, streamlining the content publishing process to allow for timelier storytelling.

“Our websites are an important part of how we tell AEP’s story and build relationships with our customers and other stakeholders. We want to help customers easily complete the key tasks they need to do on the sites, such as paying their bill or reporting an outage,” Utley said.

“At the same time, we can enhance AEP’s reputation by highlighting our involvement in our communities, our transition to cleaner energy, the benefits of our products and services, or other topics that are important for our customers.”

The new design and voice reflect AEP’s brand, which has been repositioned since the previous redesign of the sites in 2015.

Several stakeholders worked alongside the project team to bring the redesign to fruition.

“We worked with the team for more than a year on the redesign, and an important part of that work was identifying who needs to be responsible for each piece of information on the site,” said Jeri Matheney, director of communications, Appalachian Power. “Armed with that, we’re setting up regular page reviews to keep the whole site fresh, clean and up to date.”

Keenan Sanders, who was key to the project’s completion, also shared his thoughts on the importance of collaboration.

"This work takes a tremendous amount of partnership with various teams across the operating companies and centrally, including Communications, Marketing, Customer Services and Information Technology," said Sanders, digital communications consultant principal. "This collaboration is key to providing value to our business and our audiences."

Historically, the J.D. Power Utility Digital Experience Study has served as an indicator of user value and satisfaction. In previous years, AEP has scored well. Utley believes the redesign work will lead to more positive digital experiences for users.

"Putting the audience first ultimately leads to the most effective product in terms of ease, satisfaction and engagement. As a result, we expect an increase in scores in those areas over time."

 

Utilities in 2021, AEP Earnings Call Reactions and Spring Conference Season

The utilities sector has started off the year sluggish, underperforming the broader stock market. Members of AEP’s management have had a busy February and March, meeting with investors to tell the AEP story. AEP held its Fourth Quarter 2020 Earnings Call with sell-side analysts and investors on Feb. 25. AEP leaders shared their perspective on 2020 financial results and 2021 highlights, as well as offered insight on rates cases, carbon emissions goals and the transformation of AEP’s generation fleet. AEP continued momentum into the first week of March where management participated in three investor conferences in a two day span.

This Street Wise edition summarizes analysts’ views on the market and the street’s reaction following the earnings call and investor conferences.

Utility Underperformance

The utility sector felt pressure most of 2020 and has continued to feel it through the first quarter of 2021. The S&P Electric Utility Index has experienced a 2021 year to date decline of 4.4% in comparison to the S&P 500 Index’s increase of 1.7% year to date. Comparatively, AEP’s stock price has decreased 3.3% during that same time period. The underperformance can be attributed to rising interest rates and inflation. Interest rate volatility directly influences utilities because utility stock performance has an inverse relationship with interest rate activity. As interest rates fall, utility stock prices typically increase. As interest rates rise, utility stock prices usually decline.

In 2020, interest rates were at some of their lowest levels, yet utilities still managed to underperform for the year. Coupled with the underperformance experienced thus far in 2021, the sector offers a discounted buying opportunity as noted by Steve Fleishman of Wolfe Research, “This has been a speculative macro environment focused on growth, momentum, and a stimulus and vaccine driven recovery with expectations for inflation and higher rates. Utilities are the last sector on investors’ minds. With that said, utilities are cheap and already reflect a much higher rate environment and the market itself is more at risk if rates keep rising than utilities. The extent of utility underperformance this cycle is already more than normal and the fact that utilities underperformed while rates were falling is rare. We continue to view current record low valuations and overall solid fundamentals as attractive long-term buy levels here.” 

AEP’s management team utilized the fourth quarter 2020 earnings call and subsequent investor conferences as opportunities to communicate upcoming catalysts and long-term strategies of the company.  

2020 Earnings Call

AEP reported fourth quarter and full year 2020 operating earnings per share (EPS) of $0.87 and $4.44, respectively. These results beat the corresponding analyst consensus estimates of $0.78 and $4.34 per share. AEP rolled out several important announcements on the call to serve as catalysts of growth in future years in addition to the reporting of 2020 earnings. Management raised the 2021 operating earnings guidance range by $0.04 to $4.55 to $4.75 per share and reaffirmed AEP’s long-term growth rate of 5%-7% off of the new guidance. Management also announced the acceleration of its carbon emissions reduction goals to 80% by 2030 and net zero by 2050, as well as the roll out of up to 3,300 megawatts of renewable opportunities at SWEPCO. Management noted that a refresh of renewable additions at the remaining operating companies would be disclosed by the first quarter earnings call.

While analysts and investors were focused on 2021 and beyond during the call, Andrew Weisel of Scotiabank summarized, “With another strong result, AEP has beat the midpoint of its initial guidance range eight years in a row, by an median of 3%. Moreover, actual EPS has exceeded consensus forecasts from the prior September in seven of those eight years, by a similarly-wide margin of 2.7%. AEP's ability to cut costs has been tremendous, contributing to the beats.”

Neil Kalton also commented on 2020 earnings noting, “AEP delivered strong 2020 adjusted EPS of $4.44 despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 and a $0.14 weather headwind. The performance speaks to AEP’s cost management abilities.”

Related to 2021 guidance and long-term outlook, Julien Dumoulin-Smith of Bank of America commented, “AEP raised 2021 guidance and rolled forward its 5%-7% EPS growth rate of the new higher 2021 base with a bias towards the upper half of the range. AEP is also accelerating its carbon emissions reduction target to net zero by 2050. Notably, we highlight up to 3,300 megawatts of new proposed renewable energy to serve SWEPCO customers, with 5,600 megawatts of coal reduction by 2030. We maintain neutral as we believe these positive updates are largely reflected in the street’s outlook.”

Durgesh Chopra of Evercore ISI anointed AEP as its top pick based on 2021 prospects stating, “We continue to see execution in ongoing rate cases and cost cutting to mitigate COVID-related impacts to maintain/improve cash flow metrics. AEP stands to benefit more than most from an improvement in commercial & industrial load in 2021 given its large exposure to those customers. The company is well-positioned for the Biden administration as we believe it will have a modest cash flow and earnings benefit from a potential tax rate change eventually; more importantly, a Biden climate plan presents a sizable capex opportunity for high coal exposure regulated players like AEP. AEP is trading at a discount despite being a pure play electric utility with above-average earnings growth prospects. Further, most of this growth is driven by spending on lower risk electric transmission and distribution.”

March Investor Conferences

There was no slowing down for management as the Investor Relations team accompanied them in conferences hosted by Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Barclays. AEP met with equity and fixed income investors representing approximately 100 companies. Topics were focused on the announcements made on the fourth quarter call in addition to credit metrics and financing, asset optimization, the AEP Ohio rate case and the impact of the south central winter storms.

At the conclusion of the conference week on March 5, AEP’s stock price closed at $78.90 or up $1.10 and 2.3% in comparison to Feb. 24, the day before the earnings call. Helping the momentum gained from the earnings call and conferences attended was positive regulatory activity.

Upcoming Events

In the coming weeks, Investor Relations will accompany members of AEP management to a fireside chat with UBS, and two virtual investor conferences with Guggenheim and Evercore ISI.

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Watch for future Street Wise editions discussing earnings and regulatory updates related to AEP and the electric utility industry.

AEP Partners With Five Utilities on Electric Vehicle Charging Corridor

On March 2, AEP, in partnership with five major utilities, announced plans for the Electric Highway Coalition. The plan will ensure that electric vehicle (EV) drivers have access to a corridor of charging stations across several regions in the U.S.

AEP, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Entergy Corp., Southern Co., and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced the plans to provide EV drivers with access to EV DC Fast Chargers along frequently traveled interstate roads. Each company will provide EV charging solutions within their service territories, as part of an unprecedented effort to create convenient travel solutions for electric drivers.

“Adoption of electric vehicles and the transformation of the nation’s transportation system is underway, and it is essential that AEP is a meaningful and active part of this transformation. Being a part of the Electric Highway Coalition is a foundational component of that engagement,” said Lisa Barton, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “This effort is very timely given the recent electric vehicle announcements from leading auto manufacturers and the need to address long distance travel for our EV customers. I am proud of AEP’s leadership in this area and our ability to coordinate with five other major utilities in such a short period of time.”

Each station will be equipped to charge EVs in approximately 20 to 30 minutes. For added convenience, these stations will be strategically positioned along major highway routes, as a direct result of collaboration amongst the partnering companies, and leveraging existing and planned compatible DC Fast charging stations.

AEP employees will also benefit from the corridor, as the company has committed to electrifying 40% of its total fleet and all of its light duty models by 2030. This corridor will provide employees with necessary access to charging stations, allowing them to use EVs to travel across AEP’s service territory.

To solidify this partnership, each utility agreed to a specific set of principles that allows for ongoing collaboration between the companies and prioritizes the needs of EV drivers.

“We saw the opportunity to address a concern of some customers around purchasing electric vehicles, namely range anxiety, and the future charging needs of our own electric vehicle fleet in our service territories,” said Phil Dion, vice president and interim chief customer officer. “Last fall, our senior management team agreed and recognized that this proposal could be improved if we could partner with neighboring utilities to create an electric vehicle corridor for our customers. I am very proud of how the team, led by Jeff Lehman and the OpCo EV leads, took a concept and quickly turned it into something that will greatly benefit our customers. “

Charles Patton, executive vice president, External Affairs, shared that the partnership speaks to AEP’s ability to create solutions for customers and how the corridor will make choosing EVs more feasible for customers.

“This corridor will have significant benefits for our customers, our company and our communities,” Patton said. “It shows how AEP can collaborate with others to address one of the key barriers that prevents customers from purchasing an electric vehicle.”

Millions of drivers will soon have access to the corridor, with initial site deployment scheduled for the third quarter of 2021.

For more information see the news release on AEP.com.

Nick Akins Talks Texas, EVs, Clean Energy in ‘Mad Money’ Segment

American Electric Power’s Chairman, President and CEO, Nick Akins, made one of his regular appearances on CNBC’s “Mad Money” Wednesday night and spoke about the recent outages in Texas, the recovering economy and investing in clean energy and infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Host Jim Cramer dove right into the crisis in Texas where a severe cold snap last month crippled the state’s power grid and left millions of people without power.

“You’re going to tell us the truth, Nick,” Cramer said, “what the heck happened in Texas?”

“I knew you were going to ask that,” Akins said. “Any time you have an extensive weather event like that you really test the system … we had generators that were out for a period of time, facilities were getting frozen. There was a lot of generation leaving the systems, so the operators had no ability other than to start shedding load and that is a bad outcome.

“Certainly our hearts go out to the people who were impacted by that.”

Cramer turned to the outlook on the U.S. economy, noting that AEP reported in its quarterly earnings that commercial and industrial load appears to be rebounding as the economy recovers.

“We are seeing the economy tick up,” Akins said. “We are seeing continual progress.”

Akins and Cramer talked about the transition to clean energy and investing in the resources that customers want. Cramer noted that retailer Abercrombie and Fitch recently signed a long-term deal to buy renewable power from AEP Energy.

“How do people get those kinds of deals?” Cramer asked.

“You are seeing more large customers come to the utilities,” Akins said. “They want different things. Some want renewables, some want micro grids, some want other alternatives, and we have to be responsive to that.

“We are seeing more of that occur with industrial and commercial customers and we have seen that time and time again across our territory.”

Wrapping up the segment, Cramer touched on electric vehicles and AEP’s focus on the growth of that sector.

“You do have to be all in on electric vehicles don’t you? To try to make that work?” Cramer said.

“Certainly electric vehicles are an example of the further electrification of the economy,” Akins said. “So as electric vehicles continue to come on, we have to make sure that there’s infrastructure to support it, not only in the grid but in charging stations.”

Akins mentioned the coalition AEP formed with five other utilities to support investment in a corridor of charging infrastructure for EVs across a huge swath of the South, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states.

“I thought that was really great,” Cramer said. “That makes a lot of sense.”

Obits: Nov. 2020 through Jan. 2021

Robert Kinney, 91, UNKNOWN LOCATION, died 1/10/2021         

Patricia Millward, 91, UNKNOWN LOCATION, died 1/4/2021         

Indiana

John McLaughlin, 73, Spy Run Bldg. #1, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 1/1/2021         

Ryan Hart, 66, Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN, died 11/27/2020         

Richard Morris, 77, Marion Svc Ctr-Bldg#7, Marion, IN, died 11/25/2020         

Bill Wullner, 85, Tanners Creek Plant, Lawrenceburg, IN, died 12/13/2020         

James Parks, 82, Spy Run Bldg. #2, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 11/23/2020         

Darrell Watts, 88, South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, died 11/9/2020         

Phyllis Odell, 89, Muncie Srv Ctr, Muncie, IN, died 12/30/2020         

Beverly Byram, 81, Tanners Creek Plant, Lawrenceburg, IN, died 1/10/2021         

Kentucky

Daniel Huffman, 68, Pikeville Service Ctr, Pikeville, KY, died 11/29/2020         

Philip Wolf, 76, Big Sandy Plant, Louisa, KY, died 11/28/2020         

Everett Kiger, 88, Robert E Matthews Service Cent, Ashland, KY, died 1/24/2021         

Louisiana

Kenneth Allen, 92, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 11/22/2020         

James Whatley, 88, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 12/19/2020         

James Tait, 80, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 1/2/2021         

Charles Chapman, 76, St Landry Plant, St Landry, LA, died 11/19/2020         

Joseph Williams, 57, Dolet Hills Lignite, Mansfield, LA, died 11/29/2020         

Gary Green, 52, Hornbeck Service Center, Hornbeck, LA, died 12/27/2020         

Raybon Williams, 74, Natchitoches Service Center, Natchitoches, LA, died 1/8/2021         

Michigan

James Bachteal, 59, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 10/12/2020         

Kristine Haglund, 71, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 12/12/2020         

Stephen Hodge, 74, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 11/18/2020         

Lloyd Hunter, 90, St Joe Ofc & Svc Ctr, Benton Harbor, MI, died 12/3/2020         

Ohio

Robert Pritchard, 76, Seaman Service Center, Seaman, OH, died 11/11/2020         

Jerry Powers, 71, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 11/16/2020         

Jackie Minor, 71, Steubenville Service Center, Steubenville, OH, died 12/24/2020         

Benny Davis, 65, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 11/21/2020         

Terry Cable, 62, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 1/21/2021         

John Fall, 63, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 1/15/2021         

Janet Posey, 66, Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH, died 12/26/2020         

Charles Cox, 68, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 10/28/2020         

Jerry Hill, 68, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 11/19/2020         

Terry Wolfe, 71, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 12/16/2020         

Michael Flaherty, 67, Lancaster Office Bldg, Lancaster, OH, died 12/8/2020         

Timothy Beard, 72, Mound St Svc Ctr, Columbus, OH, died 11/28/2020         

Larry Fry, 72, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 11/29/2020          

Daniel Leibengood, 72, Fostoria Service Center, Fostoria, OH, died 1/8/2021         

Donn Pumpa, 73, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 1/25/2021         

Daniel Lindesmith, 78, 825 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 1/16/2021         

Bernard Wirkner, 74, Arena Building, Columbus, OH, died 12/18/2020         

Joyce Cutter, 77, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 12/26/2020         

Leslie Meddings, 72, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 11/29/2020         

Frank Vanasco, 75, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 12/13/2020         

Carl Cook, 78, Delaware Service Ctr, Delaware, OH, died 12/6/2020         

A Dowd, 91, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 11/27/2020         

Roberto Duro, 82, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 1/16/2021         

Robert Porter, 86, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 11/8/2020         

Donald Overfield, 89, Lancaster Office Bldg, Lancaster, OH, died 12/29/2020         

Jesse Crutchfield, 81, Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH, died 1/8/2021         

Harry Roush, 77, Lancaster Office Bldg, Lancaster, OH, died 12/13/2020         

Joseph Ballinger, 92, Lima Service Center, Lima, OH, died 12/13/2020         

Robert Gieseck, 84, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 12/17/2020         

Michael Weising, 77, Findlay Service Center, Findlay, OH, died 12/17/2020         

Daniel Nutter, 95, Paulding Service Center, Paulding, OH, died 12/21/2020         

Richard Jones, 87, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 12/11/2020         

Judy Davis, 72, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 10/17/2020         

Charles Palmer, 83, Canton General Svc Ctr, Canton, OH, died 11/18/2020         

James Burchfield, 82, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 12/20/2020         

Hugh McCoy, 88, Findlay Service Center, Findlay, OH, died 1/2/2021         

Martha Almack, 82, Conesville Prep Plant, Conesville, OH, died 1/7/2021         

Margery Barney, 89, Hillsboro Service Ctr, Hillsboro, OH, died 12/10/2020         

Carl Olmstead, 89, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 12/9/2020         

Anthony Ross, 81, Lancaster Office Bldg, Lancaster, OH, died 12/17/2020         

Garner Burkheimer, 91, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 12/3/2020         

John Baum, 101, Tiffin Office Bldg, Tiffin, OH, died 11/12/2020         

Thomas Roberson, 94, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 11/28/2020         

Denver Zimmerly, 83, Fostoria Office Building, Fostoria, OH, died 11/29/2020         

Barbara Meyer, 84, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 12/29/2020         

Howard Stebelton, 98, Picway Plant, Lockbourne, OH, died 1/1/2021         

Carl Snyder, 93, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 11/28/2020         

Paul Morris, 71, Mound St Svc Ctr, Columbus, OH, died 12/1/2020          

William Abel, 82, Canton General Svc Ctr, Canton, OH, died 1/15/2021         

Marshall Julien, 82, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 11/11/2020         

Robert Simmons, 83, Wellston Ofc&Svc Ctr, Wellston, OH, died 12/29/2020         

Wilbur Riggs, 97, Athens Ofc & Svc Center, Athens, OH, died 1/9/2021         

Betty Wolf, 90, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 1/14/2021         

Imogene Williams, 81, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 12/12/2020         

Kenneth Bell, 80, Athens Ofc & Svc Center, Athens, OH, died 1/13/2021         

Oklahoma

Thomas Hankins, 69, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 11/26/2020         

Ray Appleman, 90, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 11/30/2020         

Thomas Carr, 88, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 12/31/2020         

Grayden Epperson, 91, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 11/13/2020         

James Garrett, 93, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 1/8/2021         

Jerry Goss, 81, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 11/22/2020         

Charles Hill, 87, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 12/11/2020         

Kathy Lewis, 62, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 11/10/2020         

Reyneta Garcia, 88, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 1/9/2021         

Oliver Lane, 98, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 11/24/2020         

Jerry Lawrence, 89, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 1/27/2021         

John McKelvey, 79, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 12/27/2020         

Lanny Nash, 78, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 11/28/2020         

Jerome Smith, 95, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 12/20/2020         

James Taylor, 90, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 1/22/2021         

Donald Thompson, 88, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 11/9/2020          

Sharon Wade, 78, McAlester Operations Center, McAlester, OK, died 1/4/2021         

Thomas Williams, 79, North Div Opns Center, Bartlesville, OK, died 12/14/2020         

Archie Wortham, 86, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 11/26/2020         

Roy Dickson, 73, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 11/11/2020         

Joan Ratliff, 74, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 11/15/2020         

Tennessee

Michael Webb, 70, Kingsport Service Ctr, Kingsport, TN, died 11/8/2020         

Billy Pyle, 71, Kingsport Service Ctr, Kingsport, TN, died 11/12/2020         

Texas

Eulojio Avila, 78, Portland Service Office, Portland, TX, died 12/8/2020         

Juan Cantu, 78, Pharr North Service Center, Pharr, TX, died 12/3/2020         

Jeanne Cazassis, 92, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 12/19/2020         

Angel Flores, 89, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 1/26/2021         

Santiago Gutierrez, 81, Laredo Service Center, Laredo, TX, died 1/22/2021         

Jr. Guzman, 86, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 12/3/2020         

Irene Sanders, 89, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 12/27/2020         

Bill Smith, 72, Pleasanton Area Office, Pleasanton, TX, died 1/7/2021         

Lorene Weber, 88, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 11/8/2020         

Billy Webb, 89, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 12/22/2020         

Tommy Whitwell, 79, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 1/8/2021         

Julius Winter, 83, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 1/1/2021         

Bobby Tompkins, 75, Pirkey Plant, Hallsville, TX, died 1/12/2021         

Bobby Morgan, 78, Pirkey Plant, Hallsville, TX, died 11/17/2020         

Joel Camp, 75, Longview, Longview, TX, died 11/24/2020         

Bobby Attaway, 64, Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX, died 12/25/2020         

Martha Powers, 76, Paint Creek Pwr Plt, Haskell, TX, died 11/26/2020         

Aubrey Ivey, 94, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 1/1/2021         

Peggy Lamar, 90, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 11/28/2020         

D Powers, 77, Lake Pauline Pwr Plt, Quanah, TX, died 12/31/2020         

Zane Judkins, 96, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 12/1/2020         

Virginia

James Atkins, 69, Glade Spring Service Center, Glade Spring, VA, died 1/2/2021         

Joseph Whitehead, 71, Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA, died 11/10/2020         

William Bogle, 73, Lynchburg Svc Ctr, Lynchburg, VA, died 12/14/2020         

Gary Edwards, 73, Christiansburg Svc Ctr, Christiansburg, VA, died 11/18/2020         

Elmer Bishop, 73, Christiansburg Svc Ctr, Christiansburg, VA, died 12/13/2020         

Norman Lester, 80, Clinch River Plant, Cleveland, VA, died 11/13/2020         

John Crider, 86, Smith Mountain Hydro, Sandy Level, VA, died 12/8/2020          

Eugene Whitmore, 91, Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA, died 11/13/2020         

Betty Pugh, 88, Roanoke Service Bldg., Roanoke, VA, died 11/23/2020         

James Smith, 83, Bb&T Building, Roanoke, VA, died 11/15/2020         

Kenneth Roberts, 77, Pulaski Office, Pulaski, VA, died 11/8/2020         

Charles Burch, 83, Bb&T Building, Roanoke, VA, died 12/14/2020         

West Virginia

James Williams, 65, Bluefield Wv Srv Ctr, Bluefield, WV, died 12/26/2020         

Jimmie Dunford, 70, Beckley Service Center, Beckley, WV, died 1/5/2021         

John Strahl, 69, Kammer, Moundsville, WV, died 12/4/2020         

Alvin Warner, 69, Beckley Service Center, Beckley, WV, died 1/13/2021         

Richard Craig, 75, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 11/8/2020         

Regina Worrels, 74, Kammer, Moundsville, WV, died 12/31/2020         

Barbara Dabney, 76, River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, died 12/25/2020         

Denver Flowers, 73, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 11/28/2020         

Gerald Taylor, 77, Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, died 12/4/2020         

Eldwin Rine, 83, Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, died 11/30/2020         

Mary Mash, 83, Bluefield Office, Bluefield, WV, died 1/23/2021         

Charles Nolte, 94, Kammer, Moundsville, WV, died 12/7/2020         

Phyllis Bails, 80, Central Machine Shop, South Charleston, WV, died 12/25/2020         

James Walls, 84, Logan Service Center, Logan, WV, died 1/8/2021         

Robert Herndon, 88, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 12/2/2020         

Pauline Gilkerson, 98, Huntington Office, Huntington, WV, died 1/3/2021         

Jerry Akers, 88, Williamson Svc Ctr, Williamson, WV, died 12/24/2020         

Naomi Carpenter, 85, Kanawha River Plant, Glasgow, WV, died 12/27/2020         

Robert Armstrong, 78, Pt Pleasant Ofc & Svc Ctr, Pt. Pleasant, WV, died 12/13/2020         

Retirements: Nov. 2020 through Jan. 2021 (and a few others as well)

Arkansas

Sandi Le Vasseur retired 11/1/2020, Fayetteville Operations, Fayetteville, AR, after 17 years

California

Marilyn Teague retired 1/1/2021, San Diego Office, San Diego, CA, after 15 years

Indiana

James Bockstiegel retired 10/1/2020, Tanners Creek Plant, Lawrenceburg, IN, after 31 years

Sonia Deshong retired 12/19/2020, Home Worksite-Indiana,, IN, after 34 years

Patrick Ward retired 1/9/2021, Muncie Srv Ctr, Muncie, IN, after 41 years

Earl Schimmel retired 1/30/2021, South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, after 38 years

Kentucky

Steven Gilmore retired 9/21/2020, Robert E Matthews Service Cent, Ashland, KY, after 40 years

Salvatore Vitiello retired 12/1/2020, Robert E Matthews Service Cent, Ashland, KY, after 41 years

Robert Marcum retired 1/1/2021, Big Sandy Plant, Louisa, KY, after 33 years

Ranie Wohnhas retired 1/1/2021, Kentucky State Office, Ashland, KY, after 41 years

Harvey Martin retired 1/30/2021, Pikeville Service Ctr, Pikeville, KY, after 30 years

Louisiana

Joni Dickson retired 1/16/2021, Shreveport Office, Shreveport, LA, after 44 years

Michigan

Jeffrey Shirley retired 10/6/2020, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 33 years

Patricia Eddie retired 12/1/2020, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 21 years

Joseph Krycka retired 1/1/2021, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 11 years

John Conrad retired 1/8/2021, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 39 years

Kevin Henderson retired 1/8/2021, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 43 years

Richard Kuntz retired 1/9/2021, Buchanan Ofc/Svc Ctr, Buchanan, MI, after 43 years

John Nimtz retired 1/12/2021, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 42 years

Scott Hehl retired 1/16/2021, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 29 years

Ohio

Richard Bale retired 8/1/2020, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 16 years

Kenneth Drenten retired 10/1/2020, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 24 years

Thomas Berkemeyer retired 10/1/2020, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 30 years

Paul Spurlock retired 10/3/2020, AEP Transmission New Albany HQ, New Albany, OH, after 44 years

Charles Cunningham retired 10/3/2020, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 39 years

Randall Knight retired 10/3/2020, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 31 years

Leslie Rittenhouse retired 10/3/2020, Home Worksite-Ohio,, OH, after 34 years

Michael Lamantia retired 10/3/2020, AEP Transmission New Albany HQ, New Albany, OH, after 33 years

Brent Stegner retired 10/3/2020, Columbus Line Trng Facility, Groveport, OH, after 36 years

Mark James retired 10/3/2020, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 25 years

Jerald Boteler retired 10/3/2020, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 24 years

Francis Ginocchi retired 10/3/2020, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 14 years

Tracy Harger retired 11/1/2020, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 20 years

Beth Clemens retired 11/1/2020, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, after 43 years

John Shields retired 12/1/2020, AEP Transmission New Albany HQ, New Albany, OH, after 46 years

Nora Williams retired 12/1/2020, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 31 years

Jeffrey Hannon retired 12/8/2020, South Point Ofc & Svc Ctr, South Point, OH, after 39 years

Ronald Doup retired 12/19/2020, Mt Vernon Service Bldg, Mt. Vernon, OH, after 40 years

Ted Lunsford retired 12/31/2020, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 33 years

Becky Counts retired 1/1/2021, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 41 years

Dana Horton retired 1/1/2021, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 36 years

Dale Heydlauff retired 1/1/2021, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 32 years

Steven Stanley retired 1/1/2021, Chillicothe Svc Ctr, Chillicothe, OH, after 46 years

Janet Henry retired 1/1/2021, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 21 years

Oliver Sever retired 1/1/2021, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 37 years

Linda Jeffries retired 1/1/2021, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 29 years

Thomas Kirkpatrick retired 1/1/2021, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 35 years

Carole Myser retired 1/1/2021, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 33 years

Sharon Hutchens retired 1/1/2021, Arena Building, Columbus, OH, after 12 years

Charles Swartz retired 1/9/2021, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, after 40 years

Jon Kochis retired 1/22/2021, Newark Service Bldg, Newark, OH, after 43 years

Lisa George retired 1/29/2021, Arena Building, Columbus, OH, after 10 years

Sharon Dare retired 1/30/2021, Belmont Ofc & Svc Bldg, St. Clairsville, OH, after 46 years

Thomas Householder retired 1/30/2021, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 36 years

Martin Ammon retired 1/30/2021, Columbus SE Service Center, Columbus, OH, after 36 years

Robert Skelton retired 1/30/2021, East Ohio Transmission SC, St. Clairsville, OH, after 40 years

Oklahoma

Rue Galyean retired 10/2/2020, Philcade Transmission, Tulsa, OK, after 44 years

William Eakin retired 10/3/2020, Philcade Transmission, Tulsa, OK, after 38 years

Anthony Allen retired 11/1/2020, Hugo, Hugo, OK, after 42 years

David Fuller retired 12/31/2020, McAlester Operations Center, McAlester, OK, after 38 years

Randall Hamlett retired 1/1/2021, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, after 34 years

Joseph Hassink retired 1/1/2021, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, after 39 years

Timothy Matczak retired 1/1/2021, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, after 30 years

Billy White retired 1/1/2021, Comanche Station, Lawton, OK, after 34 years

Harold Green retired 1/9/2021, Comanche Station, Lawton, OK, after 39 years

Charles Haire retired 1/9/2021, Vinita, Vinita, OK, after 36 years

Cynthia Keys retired 1/13/2021, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, after 41 years

Robert Barnes retired 1/13/2021, Comanche Station, Lawton, OK, after 11 years

Roger Severtson retired 1/15/2021, Comanche Station, Lawton, OK, after 42 years

Texas

Dennis Duncan retired 10/1/2020, Electric System Ops, Corpus Christi, TX, after 34 years

Harry Rabe retired 10/1/2020, Uvalde Service Center, Uvalde, TX, after 37 years

Edward Sanchez retired 10/1/2020, Laredo Service Center, Laredo, TX, after 36 years

Dwain Hicks retired 10/1/2020, T & D Operations, Abilene, TX, after 36 years

Juan Cantu retired 10/3/2020, Laredo Service Center, Laredo, TX, after 42 years

Lena Gunter retired 10/3/2020, Austin Govt Office, Austin, TX, after 19 years

David Hawk retired 10/3/2020, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, after 34 years

Armando Aguilar retired 11/1/2020, Cc Northwest Svc Center, Corpus Christi, TX, after 42 years

Richard Turner retired 11/5/2020, Longview Operations, Longview, TX, after 37 years

Manuel Ambriz retired 12/12/2020, Pharr North Service Center, Pharr, TX, after 36 years

Samuel Chacon retired 12/30/2020, Los Fresnos SC, Los Fresnos, TX, after 14 years

Jose Hinojosa retired 1/1/2021, Pharr North Service Center, Pharr, TX, after 42 years

Mary Polasek retired 1/1/2021, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, after 39 years

David Solis retired 1/1/2021, Victoria Service Center, Victoria, TX, after 39 years

Eddie Dunn retired 1/1/2021, Abilene 4th & Plum, Abilene, TX, after 30 years

Nancy Chavarria retired 1/1/2021, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, after 20 years

Edwardo Cano retired 1/9/2021, Pharr North Service Center, Pharr, TX, after 38 years

Maureen Clanton retired 1/9/2021, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, after 36 years

Jerry Quarles retired 1/9/2021, Pirkey Plant, Hallsville, TX, after 37 years

David Hooper retired 1/24/2021, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, after 40 years

Mario Longoria retired 1/30/2021, Corpus Christi TOC, Corpus Christi, TX, after 39 years

Kimberli Harel retired 1/30/2021, Texarkana Operations, Texarkana, TX, after 14 years

Virginia

Elizabeth Whitman retired 10/1/2020, Pulaski Svc Center, Pulaski, VA, after 42 years

William Amos retired 10/2/2020, Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA, after 41 years

Paul McGlothlin retired 11/1/2020, Clinch River Plant, Cleveland, VA, after 32 years

Ricky Davis retired 12/4/2020, Tazewell Service Center, Tazewell, VA, after 27 years

Jerry Johnson retired 1/5/2021, Clinch River Plant, Cleveland, VA, after 35 years

West Virginia

Joseph Leffew retired 10/1/2020, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, after 44 years

William Jackson retired 10/1/2020, Milton Ofc & Svc Ctr, Milton, WV, after 43 years

Lois Moore retired 10/1/2020, N Charleston Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV, after 42 years

Richard Dean retired 10/2/2020, N Charleston Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV, after 44 years

Debra Osborne retired 10/3/2020, APCO Headquarters, Charleston, WV, after 33 years

Randy Chambers retired 12/1/2020, Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, after 40 years

James Hudnall retired 12/19/2020, Glasgow Service Center, Glasgow, WV, after 44 years

Ricky Warren retired 12/28/2020, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, after 40 years

Clarence Wood retired 1/8/2021, Milton Ofc & Svc Ctr, Milton, WV, after 31 years

Eric Leef retired 1/9/2021, Beckley Service Center, Beckley, WV, after 33 years

William Tisher retired 1/13/2021, Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, after 34 years

Timothy Siders retired 1/27/2021, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, after 33 years