Skip to content

McCord to Retire; Granata Named Vice President of Safety and Health

As vice president of Safety and Health, Granata will lead the company’s efforts to achieve Zero Harm. This includes shaping the company’s strategic plan to move AEP’s safety and health culture forward. He will report to Lisa Barton, executive vice president and chief operating officer. Natalie McCord, vice president, Safety and Health, has announced plans to retire on February 18 after 30 years with the company. Mike Granata, regional director – Virginia and West Virginia, Safety and Health, will be promoted to vice president, Safety and Health, effective, February 5.

“During Natalie’s 30 years at AEP, she’s been committed to the safety and welfare of our employees,” said Barton. “Under her leadership, AEP took important steps forward to change our safety and health culture, including the completion of our five-year Safety and Health Transformation. She will leave a lasting legacy at AEP and we wish her all the best in her retirement.”

Barton added, “Mike is an experienced safety and health professional who brings deep appreciation and experience with operations to this role. He led numerous efforts during our transformation that created a foundation for AEP to improve its safety culture.”

Granata joined Appalachian Power in 1988 as an industrial hygiene professional. He has held progressive leadership roles at Appalachian Power and AEP’s corporate Safety and Health organization. Most recently, he was regional director – West Virginia, Safety and Health, where he managed safety and health efforts for all AEP operations in the territory.

Granata has bachelor’s degree in Industrial Hygiene from Ohio University and a master’s degree in business administration from Franklin University. He is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and a Certified Safety Professional by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

McCord has lead the Safety and Health organization since 2016. Prior to that, she held various leadership roles across the company including director, Transmission Construction – West Region and manager, Distribution Services for the Columbus district in AEP Ohio. She joined AEP in 1992 and held a variety of management positions for the company in distribution, engineering design and distribution dispatch in Oklahoma, Ohio and Louisiana.

AEP Volunteers Find Ways to Make a Little Go a Long Way

Coronavirus,Pandemic.,Epidemic.,A,Volunteer,/,Soldier,Brought,Food,For

Whether virtual or in person, employees brought their volunteer spirit to friends and strangers alike through the AEP Making a Difference grant program last year.

Making a Difference allows employees and retirees to apply for up to $300 in grants to benefit a local nonprofit organization or school. Some 30 projects took place across the AEP service territory in 2021.

Heartisans Marketplace in Longview, Texas, received some much-needed pampering. Dan Lancaster, regional engineering services manager, and Mark Robinson, external affairs manager, led a team of volunteers in roof repairs, Christmas lighting and mulch laying.

Breanna McCoy at Kentucky Power created a project to assemble and donate Thanksgiving Warm Packs to the United Way of Northeast Kentucky. The packs included hygiene and other items to help those without homes make it through the cold winter months.

A team in St. Joseph, Mich., brought attention to National Falls Prevention Awareness Week in September by providing safety kits to area senior citizens. In addition to grab bars, nightlights and blood pressure monitors, the kit included information on free services to make homes safe.

Congratulations and thanks all who participated in the Making a Difference grant program.

AEP Corporate and AEP Ohio:

Carol Stewart Village and Star House — supported homeless youth of Columbus through awareness, appreciation and a donation drive.

Columbus City Preparatory School for Boys — purchased clothing and school supplies for middle school students.

Innis Elementary School — purchased school supplies for disadvantaged youth.

M.A.S.H Food Pantry — purchased meal kits and home/personal care kits for local veterans.

Military Veterans Resource Center — supported veteran families with holiday gifts and essential items.

Out of Darkness — made needed repairs and upgrades at the Parsons Ave. Drop Center, including flooring, paint and security cameras.

Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities / The Pioneer Center — purchased Christmas gifts, equipment and supplies and provided special experiences like a bowling outing.

Sedona Grace Foundation — provided dog and cat food to central Ohio food panties to give to families with household pets.

Upper Arlington Lutheran Church — built approximately 20 beds for those in our community who do not have one.

YWCA Columbus Family Center — purchased disposable masks, disinfectant spray and wipes, hand sanitizers, and disposable gloves to keep families healthy and safe.

AEP Texas:

Kingsville ISD Harrel Elementary School — held a holiday event for 30-45 students as part of an Angel tree/Christmas wish program.

Pregnancy Center of the Coastal Bend — bought basic baby items: diapers, wipes, food, clothes, shoes, toiletries, etc., to give to single moms and dads or families in need.

The Salvation Army, Corpus Christi, Texas — provided shoes to kids living at the shelter.

Appalachian Power:

Virginia

American Heart Association — supported the education efforts of AHA.

Patrick Springs Primary School — provided safe, easy evenings and weekend meals for children who are food insecure.

West Virginia

Tug Valley Recovery Shelter — provided essential items for women and children needing shelter from abusive situations.

Southern West Virginia Action for Youth — conducted a Mobile Trick or Treat event for area youth using Covid protocols for a fun and safe activity

Indiana Michigan Power:

Area Agency on Aging, Southwest Michigan — distributed safety kits to area seniors to help them prevent falls and live independent lives.

Kentucky Power:

Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center — provided mothers in need with items for newborns, infants, and toddlers (formula, diapers, clothes, bedding and stuffed animals).

Care Bags for the Unhoused in Ashland, Ky. — created and distributed easy to handle, reusable care bags filled with snacks and essential items.

East Kentucky Dream Center, Inc. — purchased non-perishable food items for people coming to the center for lunch and for take-home meals when the center is closed.

United Way of Northeast Kentucky — purchased and assembled “warm packs” for the poor.

PSO:

The Bridges Foundation — received 100 percent of the grant to “enhance the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and our community through training, education, employment services, and advocacy.”

Iron Gate Trust — fed the homeless and those in need in Tulsa.

Sigma Oklahoma Foundation — purchased equipment for STEAM projects and activities.

SWEPCO:

Louisiana

Caddo Heights Math/Science Elementary School — assisted with Trunk or Treat event, using a STEM theme to provide students with an electrifying experience.

David Raines Cougars Youth Group — provided equipment, uniforms, snacks and transportation for activities.

Right to Play, Inc. — trimmed trees, installed new plants and trees, laid mulch.

Texas

Heartisans Marketplace — purchased items to repair and renovate the facility.

Northeast Texas Habitat for Humanity — purchased paint and supplies and/or helped a veteran pay their portion of home repair costs.

Senior Citizens of Texarkana — provided general facility maintenance, organized stock, cleaned ice chests used for meal deliveries

Obituaries July-November 2021

Arkansas

Orlando Martinez, 56, Flint Creek Plant, Gentry, AR, died 8/17/2021       

Terry Stanfill, 67, Flint Creek Plant, Gentry, AR, died 8/7/2021    

Indiana  

Patricia Ashcraft, 94, Muncie Srv Ctr, Muncie, IN, died 9/29/2021       

William Berry, 82, Spy Run Bldg. #3, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 10/22/2021       

Rollyn Boggs, 92, South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, died 10/16/2021       

Zela Buerkley, 92, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 6/14/2021       

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

Robert Corson, 76, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 10/3/2021       

Darrel Dalton, 78, Dale Station Hdqtrs, Dale, IN, died 9/27/2021       

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

John Hanauer, 69, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 9/25/2021       

Charlene Holland, 72, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 10/7/2021       

Thomas Kallmeyer, 83, Tanners Creek Plant, Lawrenceburg, IN, died 10/26/2021       

Elizabeth Mittiga, 95, South Bend Office, South Bend, IN, died 8/29/2021       

Robert Wallace, 89, Winchester Svc Ctr, Winchester, IN, died 9/10/2021       

Donald Wenger, 88, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 9/8/2021       

Thomas Young, 74, Muncie Srv Ctr, Muncie, IN, died 7/23/2021       

Kentucky

Joshua Cornett, 38, Pikeville Service Ctr, Pikeville, KY, died 9/26/2021       

Kelsie McCloud, 84, Big Sandy Plant, Louisa, KY, died 7/16/2021       

Geraldine Perry, 81, Whitesburg Office, Whitesburg, KY, died 6/25/2021       

Louisiana

Reul Broussard, 84, Gibson District Office/Plant, Gibson, LA, died 8/22/2021       

David Crenshaw, 66, System Control Center, Shreveport, LA, died 8/8/2021        

Shirley Eiland, 78, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 7/23/2021       

James Gilbert, 81, Shreveport Operations, Shreveport, LA, died 10/12/2021       

John Greer, 64, Haughton Opns Center, Haughton, LA, died 10/3/2021       

Bobby Hanna, 94, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 9/14/2021       

James Heins, 91, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 7/15/2021       

Coy Lawrence, 87, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 10/14/2021       

Jeannette Ludwig, 88, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 9/22/2021       

Corba Prince, 97, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 9/14/2021       

Robert Senn, 83, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 7/2/2021       

Daniel Warren, 88, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 7/9/2021       

G Webster, 91, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 7/28/2021       

Rita Wright, 84, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 10/24/2021       

Michigan

Terry Burkhard, 65, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 7/1/2021        

John Buursma, 70, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 10/2/2021       

Faber Casey, 100, Three Rivers Svc Ctr, Three Rivers, MI, died 7/22/2021       

Marylin Cotman, 82, St Joe Ofc & Svc Ctr, Benton Harbor, MI, died 7/14/2021       

James Crouse, 71, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 10/24/2021       

Albert Guzicki, 86, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 8/30/2021       

Robert Jones, 91, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 9/6/2021       

Paul Miles, 89, St Joe Ofc & Svc Ctr, Benton Harbor, MI, died 8/25/2021       

Donald Obryant, 91, Buchanan Ofc/Svc Ctr, Buchanan, MI, died 9/18/2021       

Conrad Reid, 73, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 9/20/2021       

Susan Richards, 55, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 8/9/2021       

Robert Totzke, 78, St Joe Ofc & Svc Ctr, Benton Harbor, MI, died 10/6/2021       

Ohio

William Adams, 86, Seaman Service Center, Seaman, OH, died 10/23/2021       

Rex Alley, 91, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 6/28/2021       

Martha Bauer, 93, West.Ohio Reg.Acct.Mtc.Office, Findlay, OH, died 10/16/2021       

Richard Bays, 85, Portsmouth Svc Ctr, Portsmouth, OH, died 6/28/2021       

Robert Beck, 85, Newark Service Bldg, Newark, OH, died 9/5/2021       

George Bevan, 73, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 8/30/2021       

Thomas Beyer, 83, Paulding Service Center, Paulding, OH, died 7/26/2021       

Rita Booth, 86, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 6/28/2021       

Ralph Bowser, 85, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 7/8/2021       

Stephen Boyd, 67, Cardinal Plant, Brilliant, OH, died 9/5/2021       

James Brannon, 53, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 8/10/2021       

Stephen Buchanan, 81, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 10/17/2021       

Dona Burgess, 66, Mt Vernon Service Bldg, Mt. Vernon, OH, died 9/20/2021       

Michael Busch, 61, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 9/5/2021       

Thomas Charles, 78, Mcconnelsville Svc Ctr, Mcconnelsville, OH, died 9/19/2021       

Roger Charleston, 84, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 8/17/2021       

Jackie Clay, 73, Portsmouth Svc Ctr, Portsmouth, OH, died 10/12/2021       

Kenneth Davidson, 94, Chillicothe Office, Chillicothe, OH, died 10/7/2021       

David Dennis, 46, Marietta Service Center, Marietta, OH, died 10/3/2021       

Donald Dodds, 76, Chlicthe Trans/Telecom, Chillicothe, OH, died 8/31/2021       

Thomas Eisert, 78, 555 Office Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 10/31/2021       

Ronald Evans, 84, Wellston Ofc&Svc Ctr, Wellston, OH, died 11/4/2021       

Gary Fabian, 64, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 9/26/2021       

Max Gaffney, 63, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 9/13/2021       

Charles Gerhardt, 64, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 9/28/2021       

Wallace Goff, 84, Steubenville Service Center, Steubenville, OH, died 7/20/2021       

Raymond Goodin, 96, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 7/10/2021       

Richard Graham, 89, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 7/31/2021       

Gregory Grissom, 56, Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH, died 10/21/2021       

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

Jerry Hartley, 85, Athens Ofc & Svc Center, Athens, OH, died 7/20/2021       

Stephen Haugh, 70, Tiffin Service Center, Tiffin, OH, died 6/19/2021       

Robert Hawk, 77, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 6/24/2021       

William Henderson, 96, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 9/5/2021       

Ross Hess, 70, Columbus SE Service Center, Columbus, OH, died 8/31/2021       

Bertram Hickman, 86, Central Ohio Coal, Cumberland, OH, died 7/13/2021       

Samuel Jerome, 33, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 9/16/2021       

Cindy Jimenez, 68, Canton Computer Ctr, Canton, OH, died 8/31/2021       

Robert Kappel, 80, Zanesville Svc Ctr, Zanesville, OH, died 6/22/2021       

Luckie Kent, 74, Coshocton Service Ctr, Coshocton, OH, died 9/9/2021        

John Klein, 71, Picway Plant, Lockbourne, OH, died 6/19/2021       

Mark Kneller, 65, Newark Service Bldg, Newark, OH, died 11/12/2021       

Hilda Lecompte, 91, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 10/16/2021       

John Longo, 97, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 9/10/2021       

David Maguire, 68, Cardinal Plant, Brilliant, OH, died 8/25/2021       

Ruth Maloney, 98, Lancaster Service Bldg, Lancaster, OH, died 10/7/2021       

James Marihugh, 90, Lima Service Center, Lima, OH, died 6/21/2021       

Thomas Marshall, 84, Lancaster Office Bldg, Lancaster, OH, died 8/5/2021       

Daren Martin, 56, Transmission Training Center, Pataskala, OH, died 10/30/2021       

Charles McKinstry, 93, Cardinal Plant, Brilliant, OH, died 8/11/2021       

Brian Moock, 72, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 8/24/2021       

Eugene Myers, 77, Picway Plant, Lockbourne, OH, died 9/7/2021       

Robert Naylor, 50, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 9/29/2021        

Harold Nichols, 97, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 8/9/2021       

Lisa Oldham, 60, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 8/26/2021       

Joseph Palombi, 87, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 8/17/2021       

Robert Perrine, 86, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 9/19/2021       

Robert Ribble, 94, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 10/25/2021       

James Richards, 84, Lancaster Office Bldg, Lancaster, OH, died 9/5/2021       

Charles Robinette, 78, Socco-Meigs Mine, Albany, OH, died 7/24/2021       

Felix Rosenfeld, 84, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 10/2/2021       

Miriam Rousculp, 95, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 8/12/2021       

George Russell, 85, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 8/11/2021       

Luisa Ruth, 86, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 9/24/2021       

Matthew Rutherford, 76, AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH, died 8/8/2021       

Verne Sechler, 94, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 9/12/2021       

Amiya Sen, 75, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 10/3/2021       

Lawrence Shin, 47, Arena Building, Columbus, OH, died 8/17/2021       

Wallace Smith, 75, F&H System Warehouse, Cheshire, OH, died 9/3/2021       

Joseph Tatterson, 85, Lancaster Office Bldg, Lancaster, OH, died 9/1/2021       

Bruce Teater, 62, Cardinal Plant, Brilliant, OH, died 9/14/2021       

Verlin Warnock, 94, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 8/12/2021       

John Weider, 85, Wooster Office Bldg, Wooster, OH, died 8/28/2021       

Roger Wheeler, 75, AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH, died 9/10/2021       

Steven Wheeler, 51, Newark Service Bldg, Newark, OH, died 8/21/2021       

Willis White, 94, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 7/3/2021       

Tracy Wilkie, 59, Mound St Svc Ctr, Columbus, OH, died 8/20/2021       

Craig Wilt, 62, Grandview Service Center, Columbus, OH, died 10/1/2021       

Larry Wright, 74, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 9/3/2021       

Richard Young, 60, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 7/13/2021      

Oklahoma

April Anderson, 75, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 8/6/2021       

Paulette Arzate, 73, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 8/12/2021       

Walter Bell, 91, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 9/13/2021       

Mackenzie Bergman, 22, North Div Opns Center, Bartlesville, OK, died 7/30/2021       

Carthel Carmack, 92, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 9/27/2021       

Prentiss Carter, 88, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 7/13/2021       

L Collings, 81, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 9/30/2021       

Wilma Copley, 91, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 8/10/2021       

Curtis Cunningham, 86, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 10/28/2021       

Ricky Dutton, 66, Northeastern Stn 3&4, Oologah, OK, died 8/5/2021       

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

Fred Fleetwood, 76, Mid Metro, Tulsa, OK, died 9/4/2021       

Riley Harlow, 80, North Div Opns Center, Bartlesville, OK, died 7/13/2021       

Alma Hoover, 91, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 6/28/2021       

Ralph Johns, 56, Tulsa Power Station, Tulsa, OK, died 9/14/2021       

Geraldean Jones, 91, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 8/21/2021       

Wesley Martin, 51, McAlester Operations Center, McAlester, OK, died 8/26/2021       

Carol McKay, 69, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 8/23/2021       

Coleen Miller, 89, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 9/6/2021       

Darrell Mitchell, 75, Northeastern Stn 1&2, Oologah, OK, died 10/9/2021       

David Moore, 81, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 7/3/2021       

Donald Payne, 88, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 9/20/2021       

Billy Roberson, 85, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 8/26/2021       

Kenneth Simmons, 79, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 9/16/2021        

Marshall Spence, 89, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 9/8/2021       

Tennessee

Coy Arnold, 100, Kingsport Service Ctr, Kingsport, TN, died 7/22/2021   

Texas   

Rudy Abrego, 71, Aransas Pass Svc Center, Aransas Pass, TX, died 8/18/2021       

Travis Ainsworth, 50, Longview Operations, Longview, TX, died 10/14/2021       

Patrick Alphin, 75, Cc Northwest Svc Center, Corpus Christi, TX, died 10/8/2021       

Jose Bernal, 71, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 11/1/2021       

Randy Cardwell, 67, Oklaunion Power Plt, Vernon, TX, died 9/22/2021       

Howard Cook, 96, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 8/31/2021       

Clara Davis, 77, Hpl Metro Building, Houston, TX, died 6/27/2021       

Jackson Fox, 74, Csw Center, Dallas, TX, died 8/24/2021       

H Frizzell, 78, Western Div Office, Laredo, TX, died 9/10/2021       

Olga Garza, 82, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 8/28/2021       

Gustavo Gomez, 72, Rio Grande Area Office, Rio Grande City, TX, died 8/9/2021        

Bartolo Hernandez, 90, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 7/16/2021       

James Hobson, 69, Longview Operations, Longview, TX, died 9/13/2021       

Hector Holguin, , Alpine, Alpine, TX, died        

Grant Johnson, 70, Alice Service Center, Alice, TX, died 8/13/2021       

Jean Keele, 95, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 7/3/2021       

James Larned, 71, Knox City, Knox City, TX, died 8/11/2021       

Cheryl Lewis, 58, Longview Operations, Longview, TX, died 11/6/2021       

Marcos Lopez, 74, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 8/17/2021       

Lillian Marcum, 85, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 7/18/2021       

Kenneth Mayfield, 87, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 10/13/2021       

Eddie Morrow, 73, Longview Operations, Longview, TX, died 10/9/2021       

Jimmie Naron, 92, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 6/21/2021       

Carlos Partee, 84, Longview Operations, Longview, TX, died 8/21/2021       

Tommie Reynolds, 90, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 7/2/2021       

John Sanford, 74, Csw Center, Dallas, TX, died 9/5/2021       

Ruby Smith, 89, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 10/3/2021       

William Thornburg, 74, Pharr North Service Center, Pharr, TX, died 10/1/2021       

Daniel Tijerina, 39, Lon Hill Transmission Service, Corpus Christi, TX, died 9/4/2021       

Allen Wallace, 92, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 9/1/2021       

Joe Williamson, 75, Livingston-Lumber Field Tm/HPL, Livingston, TX, died 7/7/2021       

Arthur Willis, 90, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 9/16/2021       

Virginia

James Barrett, 78, Bluefield Va Srv Ctr, Bluefield, VA, died 7/17/2021       

Dale Beaty, 85, Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA, died 9/17/2021       

Mark Boles, 68, Smith Mountain Hydro, Sandy Level, VA, died 6/28/2021       

Herbert Breeding, 92, Bb&T Building, Roanoke, VA, died 10/28/2021       

Juanita Cromer, 101, Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA, died 10/13/2021       

Jean Curtis, 81, Wytheville Cust Svcs Bldg, Wytheville, VA, died 8/21/2021       

Harry Ervin, , Clinch River Plant, Cleveland, VA, died        

Mary Farrier, 95, Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA, died 7/21/2021       

William Ferguson, 95, Abingdon Office, Abingdon, VA, died 8/26/2021       

Bill Hagerman, 83, Roanoke Service Bldg., Roanoke, VA, died 7/13/2021       

Earlie Hairston, 71, Fieldale Office, Fieldale, VA, died 9/23/2021       

Jimmy Hardwick, 85, Abingdon Service Ctr, Abingdon, VA, died 11/1/2021       

Winfred Hart, 100, Bb&T Building, Roanoke, VA, died 9/1/2021       

Bryan Hatfield, 58, Grundy Ofc & Svc Ctr, Grundy, VA, died 9/16/2021       

Wilson Howell, 86, Bb&T Building, Roanoke, VA, died 8/13/2021       

Jerry Johnson, 57, Clinch River Plant, Cleveland, VA, died 10/15/2021       

Larry Perry, 75, Clinch River Plant, Cleveland, VA, died 7/17/2021       

Billy Phipps, 74, Galax Office & Svc Ctr, Galax, VA, died 8/11/2021       

Rosemary Price, 97, Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA, died 8/19/2021       

Raymond Repass, 82, Bluefield Va Srv Ctr, Bluefield, VA, died 8/25/2021       

Arlie Siers, 78, Bluefield Va Srv Ctr, Bluefield, VA, died 7/21/2021       

Margaret Slate, 71, Roanoke Service Bldg., Roanoke, VA, died 9/2/2021       

James Smith, 77, Glen Lyn Plant, Glen Lyn, VA, died 8/13/2021       

Frances Smith, 91, Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA, died 10/24/2021       

Dianne Vest, 78, John W. Vaughan Ctr Mtr/Str, Roanoke, VA, died 10/26/2021       

Claude Wilson, 68, Clinch River Plant, Cleveland, VA, died 10/15/2021       

West Virginia

Charles Bias, 81, Charleston Office, Charleston, WV, died 8/2/2021       

Larry Blankenship, 69, Central Machine Shop, South Charleston, WV, died 7/31/2021       

Darrell Bledsoe, 81, Central Machine Shop, South Charleston, WV, died 6/28/2021       

Joan Bliss, 84, Wheeling Service Bldg, Wheeling, WV, died 10/27/2021        

Danny Bradberry, 72, Kanawha River Plant, Glasgow, WV, died 8/27/2021       

Marion Davis, 77, Logan Service Center, Logan, WV, died 9/20/2021       

James Dean, 70, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 6/26/2021       

Hilda Dement, 81, River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, died 7/20/2021       

Cecil Dishman, 84, River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, died 9/7/2021       

James Dorsey, 78, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 8/19/2021       

Roland Dovenbarger, 75, River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, died 7/30/2021       

Clarence Evans, 76, Logan Service Center, Logan, WV, died 9/15/2021       

Robert Farley, 81, Bluefield Office, Bluefield, WV, died 7/11/2021       

Jerry Ferrell, 59, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 11/18/2021       

Gerald Garbin, 68, Central Machine Shop, South Charleston, WV, died 10/9/2021       

James Jones, 61, River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, died 6/17/2021       

Roberta Long, 63, River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, died 9/8/2021        

Everett McDaniel, 77, Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, died 10/8/2021       

Kay McMahon, 81, Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, died 10/22/2021       

Sean Meadows, 48, River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, died 9/15/2021       

Donna Misner, 88, River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, died 10/24/2021       

William Neutzling, 76, Sporn Plant, New Haven, WV, died 9/24/2021       

Gary Roark, 74, Sporn Plant, New Haven, WV, died 9/18/2021       

Jessie Shelley, 82, Bluefield Wv Srv Ctr, Bluefield, WV, died 9/14/2021       

Roger Smith, 68, N Charleston Trs Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV, died 10/3/2021       

Dennis Snider, 67, Beckley Service Center, Beckley, WV, died 9/25/2021       

Richard Spurlock, 63, Hamlin Line Crew Stn, Hamlin, WV, died 9/23/2021       

Margaret Vickers, 81, Charleston Office, Charleston, WV, died 10/23/2021       

Sara Walters, 82, Wheeling Service Bldg, Wheeling, WV, died 8/28/2021       

Catherine Waugh, 62, Hurricane Call Ctr, Hurricane, WV, died 10/18/2021       

Michael Whittington, 71, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 7/26/2021

July-November 2021 Retirements

Arkansas

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

Kevin Blythe retired 10/11/2021 from Fayetteville Operations, Fayetteville, AR, after 36 years     

Jimmy Bristow retired 10/30/2021 from Nashville, Nashville, AR, after 28 years     

Kenneth Butler retired 9/30/2021 from Turk Power Plant, Fulton, AR, after 10 years     

Paul Hudkins retired 10/26/2021 from Turk Power Plant, Fulton, AR, after 10 years     

Jeffrey Nicholas retired 9/14/2021 from Fayetteville Operations, Fayetteville, AR, after 33 years     

Illinois

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

Indiana

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

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

Brent Auer retired 11/4/2021 from Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, after 31 years     

Michael Beal retired 11/2/2021 from Delaware Trans Hqtrs, Muncie, IN, after 44 years     

Kevin Brugh retired 10/5/2021 from South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, after 34 years     

Kip Coker retired 11/6/2021 from Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, after 15 years     

Michael Daub retired 8/20/2021 from Muncie Srv Ctr, Muncie, IN, after 36 years     

David Farmer retired 10/1/2021 from Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN, after 30 years     

Richard Frank retired 8/3/2021 from Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN, after 32 years     

Carol Fuller retired 9/22/2021 from Mishawaka Hydro, Mishawaka, IN, after 35 years     

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

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

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

James Hagan retired 8/31/2021 from Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN, after 36 years     

Cynthia Hohman retired 9/4/2021 from Baer Field Svc Ctr, Ft. Wayne, IN, after 34 years     

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

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

James Like retired 10/9/2021 from Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN, after 38 years      

Rita Maguire retired 8/3/2021 from South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, after 30 years     

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

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

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

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

Eric Sermersheim retired 10/16/2021 from Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN, after 34 years     

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

Mark Taylor retired 10/15/2021 from South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, after 32 years     

Philip Wathen retired 9/11/2021 from Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN, after 33 years     

Kentucky

Marion Blair retired 11/25/2021 from Whitesburg Office, Whitesburg, KY, after 43 years     

Darryl Blakeman retired 10/1/2021 from Big Sandy Plant, Louisa, KY, after 13 years     

Franklin Blankenship retired 10/26/2021 from Pikeville Service Ctr, Pikeville, KY, after 33 years     

William Cantrell retired 10/13/2021 from Robert E Matthews Service Cent, Ashland, KY, after 35 years     

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

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

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

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

Sheena Hensley retired 10/1/2021 from Hazard Service Center, Hazard, KY, after 43 years     

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

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

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

Gregory Ratliff retired 9/1/2021 from Pikeville Service Ctr, Pikeville, KY, after 44 years     

Joseph Reed retired 11/18/2021 from Pikeville Service Ctr, Pikeville, KY, after 34 years     

Bobby Reynolds retired 9/2/2021 from Robert E Matthews Service Cent, Ashland, KY, after 40 years     

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

Michael Seaton retired 10/8/2021 from Robert E Matthews Service Cent, Ashland, KY, after 36 years     

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

Louisiana

Martha Dalme retired 8/7/2021 from Natchitoches Service Center, Natchitoches, LA, after 45 years     

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

Gary Guin retired 11/2/2021 from Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, after 37 years     

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

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

Donald Kent retired 8/3/2021 from Shreveport Office, Shreveport, LA, after 18 years     

Timmy Kepney retired 9/1/2021 from Shreveport Office, Shreveport, LA, after 32 years     

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

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

Kent Randall retired 9/18/2021 from Shreveport Production, Shreveport, LA, after 39 years     

James Rowe retired 8/27/2021 from Haughton Opns Center, Haughton, LA, after 41 years     

William Scott retired 10/7/2021 from Environmental Lab, Shreveport, LA, after 28 years     

Valerie Shell retired 10/14/2021 from Shreveport Office, Shreveport, LA, after 11 years     

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

Michigan

Mark Allenspach retired 10/8/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 36 years     

Glenn Andrews retired 10/1/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 30 years     

David Aubrey retired 10/1/2021 from Buchanan Nuclear Ofc, Buchanan, MI, after 14 years     

Michael Barfelz retired 11/16/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 45 years     

Larry Bartels retired 9/28/2021 from Michiana SC, Niles, MI, after 27 years     

Eric Beltz retired 9/3/2021 from Buchanan Nuclear Ofc, Buchanan, MI, after 35 years     

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

Timothy Brockway retired 10/30/2021 from Three Rivers Svc Ctr, Three Rivers, MI, after 34 years     

Douglas Bronicki retired 11/13/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 38 years     

Michael Buckhold retired 10/2/2021 from Three Rivers Svc Ctr, Three Rivers, MI, after 40 years     

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

Wilson Dillion retired 10/17/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 12 years     

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

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

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

Kristy Giovo retired 9/29/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 26 years     

Patrick Glenn retired 8/19/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 34 years     

David Gollehur retired 9/9/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 30 years     

Erwin Guerrero retired 8/19/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 29 years     

Guy Guyor retired 11/9/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 29 years     

Jamil Haider retired 10/21/2021 from Cook Material Center, Bridgman, MI, after 20 years     

Thomas Hildebrandt retired 9/1/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 21 years     

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

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

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

Jamie Kraft retired 10/15/2021 from Buchanan Nuclear Ofc, Buchanan, MI, after 22 years     

John Lester retired 10/27/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 28 years     

Jody Liddick retired 8/6/2021 from Cook Material Center, Bridgman, MI, after 33 years     

Gerrt Nemethy retired 9/18/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 40 years     

Gary Oneal retired 8/13/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 29 years     

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

Angela Rambo retired 11/9/2021 from Cook Material Center, Bridgman, MI, after 28 years     

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

James Riggle retired 8/5/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 27 years     

Craig Rohdy retired 9/8/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 37 years     

Jeffery Roth retired 9/30/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 12 years     

Elisabeth Tatrault retired 9/1/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 41 years     

Albert Vannoy retired 8/20/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 21 years     

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

Ohio

Jeffrey Abele retired 8/20/2021 from Cambridge Service Center, Cambridge, OH, after 36 years     

Daniel Adkinson retired 10/16/2021 from John E. Dolan Lab, Groveport, OH, after 31 years     

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

Christopher Barton retired 8/3/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 14 years     

Keith Bolin retired 8/7/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 23 years     

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

Radonna Burns retired 11/30/2021 from Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH, after 26 years     

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

Ann Clark retired 10/1/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 10 years     

David Clemens retired 8/3/2021 from Dresden Plant, Dresden, OH, after 31 years     

Michael Courtright retired 8/10/2021 from Dresden Plant, Dresden, OH, after 30 years     

Kimberly Crane retired 10/19/2021 from Belmont Ofc & Svc Bldg, St. Clairsville, OH, after 34 years     

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

Dennis Fogarty retired 9/21/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 42 years     

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

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

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

Rick Gorham retired 8/19/2021 from Marietta Service Center, Marietta, OH, after 31 years     

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

Jason Griffith retired 8/21/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 32 years     

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

Eric Hatter retired 10/7/2021 from AEP Transmission New Albany HQ, New Albany, OH, after 33 years     

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

Dean Herron retired 8/27/2021 from Findlay Service Center, Findlay, OH, after 36 years     

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

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

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

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

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

Richard Klaus retired 9/1/2021 from Lima Service Center, Lima, OH, after 40 years     

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

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

David Krumel retired 10/16/2021 from 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, after 22 years     

Charles Kuskowski retired 7/24/2021 from AEP Transmission HQ, New Albany, OH, after 50 years     

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

Anne Lindimore retired 10/1/2021 from Zanesville Station, Zanesville, OH, after 41 years     

Paul Loeffelman retired 10/30/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 45 years     

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

Betty Magnuson retired 8/7/2021 from Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH, after 15 years     

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

James McCarty retired 9/8/2021 from South Point Ofc & Svc Ctr, South Point, OH, after 33 years     

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

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

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

Derek Myers retired 10/16/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 38 years     

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

Michael Pedrotty retired 10/30/2021 from 825 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, after 36 years     

Kenneth Perdew retired 9/1/2021 from 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, after 36 years     

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

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

Dodie Saunders retired 9/10/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 41 years     

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

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

William Spradlin retired 10/29/2021 from Transmission Hanging Rock, Hanging Rock, OH, after 35 years     

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

Joseph Straka retired 9/18/2021 from Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, after 41 years     

Edward Stransky retired 10/2/2021 from 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, after 40 years     

David Sybert retired 10/15/2021 from Lima Service Center, Lima, OH, after 35 years     

David Tabata retired 8/28/2021 from AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH, after 13 years     

John Tacosik retired 8/25/2021 from Belmont Ofc & Svc Bldg, St. Clairsville, OH, after 42 years     

Daniel Thomas retired 10/16/2021 from Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH, after 32 years     

Randall Thompson retired 8/4/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 35 years     

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

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

Oklahoma

Mark Boswell retired 9/11/2021 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, after 32 years     

Scott Bottoms retired 8/7/2021 from Lawton Opn Center, Lawton, OK, after 10 years     

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

Roger Brooks retired 9/18/2021 from Wilburton, Wilburton, OK, after 13 years     

Roy Bryan retired 8/21/2021 from Northeastern Stn 3&4, Oologah, OK, after 39 years     

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

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

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

Michael Gauthier retired 9/4/2021 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, after 36 years     

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

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

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

David Hardison retired 8/7/2021 from Northeastern Stn 3&4, Oologah, OK, after 37 years     

Anita Hartman retired 8/21/2021 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, after 24 years     

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

Mark McKay retired 8/11/2021 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, after 20 years     

Eric Moss retired 10/10/2021 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, after 43 years     

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

Charles Phelps retired 9/1/2021 from Chickasha, Chickasha, OK, after 35 years     

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

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

Max Seibold retired 9/1/2021 from Lawton Opn Center, Lawton, OK, after 32 years     

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

Linda Trent retired 10/1/2021 from Alsuma Meter & Substation, Tulsa, OK, after 32 years     

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

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

Stanley Whiteford retired 11/13/2021 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, after 35 years     

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

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

Tennessee

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

Texas

Terry Allison retired 10/30/2021 from Marfa SC, Marfa, TX, after 30 years      

David Anderson retired 10/19/2021 from Wilkes Plant, Avinger, TX, after 38 years     

Randy Arnn retired 9/14/2021 from Childress, Childress, TX, after 36 years     

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

Viola Blanco retired 10/2/2021 from Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, after 27 years     

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Cook retired 10/26/2021 from Wilkes Plant, Avinger, TX, after 37 years     

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

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

Joyce Doan retired 10/1/2021 from Abilene T&D Operations, Abilene, TX, after 35 years     

Jim Drummond retired 11/2/2021 from Central Shops, Corpus Christi, TX, after 37 years     

Steven Easterling retired 8/13/2021 from Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX, after 10 years     

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

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

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

Cheryl Franklin retired 10/2/2021 from Central Div-Br-Victoria, Victoria, TX, after 40 years     

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

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

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

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

Benjamin House retired 11/4/2021 from Pirkey Plant, Hallsville, TX, after 10 years     

Clarence Janota retired 8/28/2021 from Kenedy Service Center, Kenedy, TX, after 42 years     

William Johnston retired 8/30/2021 from Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX, after 42 years     

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

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

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

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

Timothy Liles retired 9/8/2021 from Abilene Distribution, Abilene, TX, after 37 years     

Richard Lopez retired 10/8/2021 from Cc South Area Office, Corpus Christi, TX, after 41 years     

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

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

Kenny McGill retired 8/30/2021 from Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX, after 31 years     

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

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

Bode Porter retired 10/2/2021 from San Angelo SC, San Angelo, TX, after 40 years     

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

Ray Preston retired 9/18/2021 from Lon Hill Service Center, Corpus Christi, TX, after 37 years     

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

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

Randy Rountree retired 10/30/2021 from Pirkey Plant, Hallsville, TX, after 11 years     

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

Gregory Shurbet retired 10/23/2021 from Pirkey Fuels, Hallsville, TX, after 29 years     

Homer Solis retired 10/6/2021 from Electric System Ops, Corpus Christi, TX, after 39 years     

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

Gary Throckmorton retired 8/3/2021 from Abilene Meter Services Office, Abilene, TX, after 36 years     

Roland Vasquez retired 10/16/2021 from Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, after 40 years     

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

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

Thomas Zuniga retired 10/30/2021 from Los Fresnos SC, Los Fresnos, TX, after 39 years     

Virginia

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

Watson Chambers retired 10/1/2021 from Bluefield Va Srv Ctr, Bluefield, VA, after 32 years      

Donna English retired 10/1/2021 from Pennhall Trg Center, Union Hall, VA, after 20 years     

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

Byron Mann retired 9/1/2021 from Glen Lyn/Pearisburg Svc Ctr, Glen Lyn, VA, after 25 years     

Michael McClaugherty retired 10/1/2021 from Bluefield Va Srv Ctr, Bluefield, VA, after 35 years     

Donald Meadows retired 8/4/2021 from Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA, after 39 years     

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

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

Michael Neel retired 8/18/2021 from Tazewell Service Center, Tazewell, VA, after 41 years     

Sharon Oconnor retired 9/1/2021 from Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA, after 44 years     

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

Clyde Turner retired 8/2/2021 from Glen Lyn/Pearisburg Svc Ctr, Glen Lyn, VA, after 41 years     

West Virginia

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

Jeffrey Allen retired 10/1/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, after 33 years     

Dennis Arthur retired 8/21/2021 from Milton Ofc & Svc Ctr, Milton, WV, after 27 years     

Raymond Blackburn retired 10/30/2021 from Logan Service Center, Logan, WV, after 39 years     

Donnie Boney retired 11/16/2021 from River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, after 45 years     

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

Rebecca Branham retired 11/4/2021 from River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, after 10 years     

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

Bryan Buzzard retired 9/30/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, after 37 years     

Christopher Carroll retired 8/10/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, after 41 years     

Dana Casto retired 10/30/2021 from N Charleston Trs Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV, after 36 years     

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

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

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

Stephen Drake retired 11/5/2021 from N Charleston Trs Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV, after 44 years     

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

Gregory DuVall retired 10/17/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, after 15 years     

Jeffrey Edens retired 9/14/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, after 37 years     

John Fields retired 8/20/2021 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, after 37 years     

Brooks Flesher retired 10/30/2021 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, after 41 years     

James Flowers retired 9/4/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, after 28 years     

Paul Fox retired 10/30/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, after 41 years     

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

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

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

Randy Hewitt retired 8/16/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, after 43 years     

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

James Imel retired 11/1/2021 from Central Machine Shop, South Charleston, WV, after 32 years     

Jesse James retired 10/1/2021 from River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, after 45 years     

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

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

Ransford Mason retired 8/2/2021 from Bluefield Wv Srv Ctr, Bluefield, WV, after 34 years     

Thomas Massey retired 9/18/2021 from APCO Headquarters, Charleston, WV, after 45 years     

Terry Matesick retired 11/19/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, after 39 years     

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

Matthew Miller retired 10/16/2021 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, after 37 years     

Gary Nelson retired 11/30/2021 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, after 33 years     

Mark Nickell retired 8/21/2021 from Beckley Service Center, Beckley, WV, after 17 years     

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

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

Darren Persinger retired 8/18/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, after 30 years     

Keith Pyles retired 8/27/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, after 39 years     

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

Kevin Riffle retired 10/21/2021 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, after 36 years     

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

Mark Robson retired 8/21/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, after 10 years     

David Sayre retired 9/30/2021 from Sporn Plant, New Haven, WV, after 45 years     

David Scammell retired 9/18/2021 from Wheeling Service Bldg, Wheeling, WV, after 31 years     

Connie Shaffer retired 9/1/2021 from N Charleston Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV, after 32 years     

William Smolder retired 11/2/2021 from N Charleston Trs Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV, after 27 years     

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

Jr. Spry retired 7/7/2021 from Logan Service Center, Logan, WV, after 22 years     

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

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

Donald Stewart retired 9/30/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, after 42 years     

James Stout retired 11/1/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, after 32 years     

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

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

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

Keith Wiley retired 8/17/2021 from Bluefield Wv Srv Ctr, Bluefield, WV, after 33 years     

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

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

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

Alan Zeller retired 8/7/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, after 36 years     

AEP Highlights Plans for Investments in Grid, Renewables

American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP) plans to invest in its regulated businesses and renewable generation as it continues to transform and build a cleaner, more modern energy system. The company announced its 2022 operating earnings (earnings excluding special items) guidance range of $4.85 to $5.05 per share, reflecting its projected annual operating earnings growth rate of 5% to 7%. AEP has met or exceeded its earnings per share guidance every year for more than a decade. AEP management will discuss the company’s strategy and financial growth plans during the annual Edison Electric Institute Financial Conference, Nov. 7-9.

Operating earnings could differ from those prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for matters such as impairments, divestitures or changes in accounting principles. AEP is unable to forecast if any of these items will occur or any amounts that may be recorded for future periods. Therefore, AEP is not able to provide a corresponding GAAP equivalent for earnings guidance.

The company plans to invest $38 billion in capital from 2022 through 2026 with an emphasis on transmission, distribution and renewable energy. AEP will allocate $23.3 billion to transmission and distribution operations to construct a more efficient grid and deliver custom energy solutions to customers. During the same period, AEP plans to invest $8.2 billion in regulated renewable generation and $1.7 billion in competitive, contracted renewable projects.

“AEP continues to focus on capital investments that support our efforts to provide clean, reliable energy to the communities we serve, while managing customer affordability and delivering solid shareholder value,” said Nicholas K. Akins, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Our extensive pipeline of needed grid investments and regulated renewable opportunities will allow us to strategically shift capital as necessary to deliver on our 5% to 7% growth rate.

“We’re transitioning to a more balanced generation portfolio and plan to invest 26% of our capital over the next five years in renewable energy within and outside AEP’s service territory, as we grow renewables to approximately half of our capacity by 2030. Two of the North Central Wind projects, Sundance and Maverick, began operation this year and are delivering clean energy to Southwestern Electric Power Company and Public Service Company of Oklahoma customers in Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. We expect the final project, Traverse, to begin operation in early 2022. The three projects will add 1,485 megawatts of renewable energy to our portfolio once completed.

“AEP is committed to transforming the energy grid to better integrate renewable resources and deliver the low-cost, reliable energy that customers expect. Our investment plan allocates 61% of capital to wires, which enables us to revitalize our transmission and distribution systems and implement technologies to enhance our customers’ energy experience.

“We recently announced the sale of our Kentucky operations, including Kentucky Power and AEP Kentucky Transco, for $2.846 billion. This sale will help support the growth of the company as we invest in a clean energy future.

“AEP’s strategic business decisions allow us to continue providing increased returns to shareholders. This year, we increased the quarterly dividend by 4 cents to 78 cents a share and delivered our 446th consecutive quarterly cash dividend,” Akins said.

Recovering Faster Than Expected

Our financial performance for this year is on track, even though earnings were down in the third quarter compared to 2020. Year-to-date, we’re 20 cents ahead of where we were last year.

The two big stories for this quarter:

  • The economy in our territory is recovering faster than we expected and this is positively impacting load.
  • We narrowed our 2021 operating earnings guidance range to the upper half. We made this decision because we’re confident in the load growth and our ability to carry out our strategy.

How load is changing:

  • Our strongest growth this year is in commercial load. We’re also seeing a strong recovery in the sectors most affected by the pandemic. This includes places like schools, churches and hotels.
  • A major contributor to the commercial load growth is an increased number of data centers, especially in central Ohio.
  • There’s a lot of momentum in industrial load. Our new projections expect industrial load to increase more than our original guidance forecast.
  • Residential load has decreased from 2020 but is above pre-pandemic levels. This suggests that many customers are continuing to work from home and it’s a trend that could continue.

How we’re executing on strategy: In September, we brought the second of our three North Central wind farms online. This is part of our plan to transform our generation capacity and provide customers with low-cost, clean resources. We’re also executing on our regulatory strategy and increasing our economic development efforts, which bring more load into the territory.

All this together means the economy is recovering faster than expected. This is why we’re confident narrowing our guidance range.

Our updated range: Our 2021 operating earnings guidance range is now $4.65 to $4.75 per share. Previously, the range was $4.55 to $4.75. We’re maintaining our 5 – 7% long-term growth rate.

  • Dividend boost: AEP’s Board of Directors voted to increase the quarterly dividend by 4 cents to 78 cents per share. This increase is in line with our earnings growth rate of 5 – 7%.

Why we narrow our guidance: Investors want predictable returns on their investments. Narrowing our range allows investors to better predict their returns. It also shows them we’re confident we’ll be in the upper part of our original earnings guidance range.

What to watch for in the final quarter:

  • O&M spending will continue to have an impact on our earnings. It’s one of the main factors that negatively impacted our 2021 third-quarter earnings.
    • In 2020, we substantially decreased O&M spending. Increases in O&M are going to have a bigger impact on our bottom line until we return to pre-pandemic performance and/or spending levels.

You can see a complete breakdown the numbers here.

 

AEP to Sell Kentucky Operations to Liberty

AEP has completed its strategic review process announced in April and has made the decision to sell the Kentucky operations, which include Kentucky Power and AEP Kentucky Transco, to Liberty. Liberty provides electric, natural gas, water and wastewater service to more than 1 million customer connections, mainly in 13 U.S. states and Canada.

The sale directly impacts 360 employees., including 315 employees in Kentucky Power and another 45 employees from the Service Corporation who will transfer to the new owner when the sale is completed. AEP is committed to working with these individuals to provide information about their options and answer questions as we address the personal impacts of this transition. 

Mitchell Plant will continue to be operated by AEP, pending regulatory approval of new plant ownership and operating agreements that will be filed this year. The 200 plant employees and support personnel will be transferred to Wheeling Power. Liberty will own and obtain power from Kentucky Power’s 50% portion of the plant through 2028.

“Our employees have done an incredible job supporting our customers and communities, and I’m confident that they will contribute to the future success of Liberty,” said Nick Akins, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We will continue to work hard every day to ensure our Kentucky Power customers have safe, reliable service, while working closely with employees and community leaders to ensure a smooth transition. We also will be working with the Liberty team to obtain the regulatory approvals necessary to complete the sale,” Akins said.

The sale must be approved by regulators including the Kentucky Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. AEP expects the transaction to close in the second quarter of 2022.

AEP and Kentucky Power leadership are sharing information with these employees in a series of meetings.

“The employees of Kentucky Power have provided tremendous value to AEP and our customers. I know I speak for leaders across AEP when I say that we greatly appreciate all they have done to provide reliable and efficient electric service in the most professional manner. Liberty is acquiring an outstanding team,” said Brett Mattison, president & COO, Kentucky Power.

Mattison noted that AEP is working with Liberty and with employees to assure as smooth a transition as possible. “I recognize that this has been and will continue to be an uncertain time for our employees for a bit longer. It’s very important for everyone to focus on the task at hand and work safely at all times,” he said.

AEP plans to use the funds from this transaction to invest in regulated projects such as transmission and renewable energy. This strengthens the company’s financing plan by reducing the amount of money AEP has to borrow to fund these projects.

Liberty is based in Oakville, a town in Ontario, Canada, with U.S. operations in 13 other states including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma and Texas. They have significant experience running regulated energy utilities, including generation, distribution and transmission assets. Their parent company is Algonquin Power & Utilities, which also owns a renewable energy business.

2022 Annual Enrollment

AEP’s 2022 Health & Welfare Benefits Guides for retirees are now available at the links below or on the ‘Benefits’ tab. 

Information was mailed out on October 13, 2021, to those retirees who are over the age of 65 and don’t have an email address on file.  If an email address is on file, information was sent via email on October 19.

As previously communicated, those retirees under age 65 will no longer receive printed materials and will need to access aepbenefits.com for annual enrollment information if they don’t have an email address on file.  For those with an email address on file, information was emailed on October 18.

The 2022 annual enrollment period starts October 20 and will continue through November 10.  For additional information log onto aepbenefits.com.  As a reminder, you must create a new user name and password, if you haven’t done so already. 

If you have any questions or need assistance with logging in or making any changes to your 2022 benefits, please contact the AEP Benefits Center at 1-888-237-2363, option 1. 

2022 Annual Enrollment Guide for Retirees & Survivors Age 65 or Over

2022 Annual Enrollment Guide for Retirees & Survivors Under Age 65

AEP Retiree Ike Liles Reflects on Being Texas A&M’s 12th Man

College football is a game of traditions and few people know that better than Ike Liles. Ike recently retired as the manager of distribution services for the Abilene district in AEP Texas.

The photo above shows him on Kyle Field playing football for Texas A&M. It’s a place he was never supposed to be.

On the latest episode of Connected: The AEP Employee Podcast, hear how Ike became the embodiment of one of college football’s biggest traditions – the Texas A&M 12th Man. Follow this link to listen to the episode.

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.