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One Week Remains in Annual Enrollment Period

One week remains in Annual Enrollment for AEP’s 2017 benefits plans for retirees, which continues through Tuesday, November 15.

See the appropriate Under-65 Retiree or Over-65 Retiree 2017 AEP Health & Welfare Benefits Guide for more information. (Find retiree guides under Benefits on the AEP Retirees & Alumni website.)

Go to the AEP Benefits Center to review your current benefits plan options, and make any necessary elections and/or changes by clicking “Enroll Now.” If you have questions about the enrollment process or need help enrolling, call the AEP Benefits Center at 1-888-237-2363 (option 2, then option 2 again), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 12. Online chat and email is also available through the AEP Benefits Center website.

If you have specific detailed questions about Anthem medical plan options, please call Anthem at 1-877-585-9572, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

AEP HealthHUB has tools like ALEX, an online interactive benefits counselor, and other resources to help you choose the plan that best fits your needs, including complete details of all the medical plan options, enrollment guides, and summary of benefit coverage documents.

SWEPCO Energy Efficiency team members install LED light bulbs for senior citizens

(Story by Karen Wissing)

Paul Pratt, Debra Miller and Jeff Thigpen of Southwestern Electric Power Company’s (SWEPCO’s) Energy Efficiency team recently installed 213 LED light bulbs in eight different houses belonging to senior citizens who are SWEPCO customers in northwest Louisiana.

“As we get older, there are more and more reasons why we shouldn’t be climbing into chairs or on ladders to do things like replace light bulbs,” said Thigpen, who is the consumer program coordinator for SWEPCO. “The bulbs should last about 15 years before needing to be replaced.”

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Annual Enrollment starts today, continues through Nov. 15

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Annual Enrollment for AEP’s 2017 benefits plans for employees and retirees starts today, Friday, October 28, and continues through Tuesday, November 15.

WHAT’S NEW:

To see a full list of what’s new and what’s changing for 2017, retirees should refer to the 2017 AEP Health & Welfare Benefits Guide (Age 65 and Over) or the 2017 AEP Health & Welfare Benefits Guide (Under Age 65). More information and provider contacts are located in the Benefits section of the AEP Retirees & Alumni website.

HOW TO ENROLL:

To make your selections, go to the AEP Benefits Center to choose plan options. If you have questions about the enrollment process or need help enrolling, call the AEP Benefits Center at 1-888-237-2363 (option 1 and then option 2), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. The center also is available by phone from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 5, and Saturday, November 12.

Obituaries

Appalachian Power Company

Faye Hankins, 82, retired, Bluefield Office, died Sept. 10.

David Journell Jr., 58, Roanoke Service Building, died August 29.

Michael Palmer, 57, Sporn Plant, died Sept. 11.

James Shrewsbury, 68, retired, Pulaski Service Center, died August 29.

Columbus Southern Power Company

Charles Hinzey, 93, retired, 850 Tech Center, died Sept. 11.

Wayne Pidock, 89, retired, 850 Tech Center, died August 29.

William Sherman, 86, retired, 850 Tech Center, died Sept. 1.

Robert Spencer, 86, retired, 850 Tech Center, died August 30.

Ralph Wetzel, 72, Athens Service Center, died Sept. 25.

Indiana Michigan Power Company

Rudolph Caciano, 63, Spy Run Service Center, died August 29.

Howard Grubbs, 78, retired, Tanners Creek Plant, died August 5.

James Jackson, 86, retired, Baer Field Service Center, died Sept. 13.

Sonia Kelly, 78, retired, Buchanan Service Center, died Sept. 5.

Ohio Power Company

Betty Boggess, 89, retired, Lancaster Office Building, died Sept. 17.

Paul Gallagher, 92, retired, Lancaster Office Building, died Sept. 20.

Juette Hossler, 88, retired, Southern Ohio Coal Company, died August 29.

Michael Reichelderfer, 61, Lima Service Center, died Sept. 22.

Jack Roberson, 86, retired, Canton Eastern Regional Office, died Sept. 19.

Marcus Simakis, 60, Cardinal Plant, died Sept. 27.

James Young, 69, Gavin Plant, died Sept. 24.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma

David Farley, 70, retired, Riverside Station, died August 21.

Floyd McMillin, 82, retired, Tulsa General Office, died August 7.

Priscilla Welker, 77, retired, Tulsa General Office, died Sept. 18.

Southwestern Electric Power Company

James Allen, 82, retired, Shreveport General Office, died Sept. 9.

Cornelius Bowles, 79, retired, Shreveport General Office, died Sept. 21.

Earnest Emmons, 80, retired, Shreveport General Office, died August 29.

Gaylon Ferrell, 60, Shreveport General Office, died August 31.

Shirley Johnson, 93, retired, Shreveport General Office, died August 8.

James Welch, 89, retired, Shreveport General Office, died Sept. 24.

Texas Central

Thomas Fugett, 87, retired, Corpus Christi Office, died August 25.

R.L. McClellan, 85, retired, Corpus Christi Office, died Sept. 2.

Texas North

M.F. Leggett, 91, retired, Abilene General Office, died Sept. 5.

September Retirements

AEP Ohio

John Christian, Lima Service Center, retired Sept. 1 after 31 years of service.

Anthony Distel, Tiffin Service Center, retired Sept. 20 after 35 years of service.

Richard Matter, Findlay Service Center, retired Sept. 16 after 30 years of service.

Richard Palmer, Zanesville Service Center, retired Sept. 24 after 14 years of service.

AEP River Operations

John Dawson, River Transportation Division, retired Sept. 1 after 39 years of service.

Timothy Hayhurst, River Transportation Division, retired Sept. 1 after 38 years of service.

AEP Service Corporation

Richard Barr, AEP Headquarters, retired Sept. 1 after 15 years of service.

Darcie Shepherd, AEP Headquarters, retired Sept. 17 after 33 years of service.

Douglas Steed, AEP Headquarters, retired Sept. 30 after 40 years of service.

Raymond Wier, Home Worksite-Texas, retired Sept. 1 after 33 years of service.

AEP Texas

Carlos Gomez, Abilene Distribution, retired Sept. 16 after 37 years of service.

Appalachian Power Company

Charles Bell, Hamlin Line Crew Station, retired Sept. 17 after 18 years of service.

Harry Berger Jr., Fieldale Office, retired Sept. 17 after 41 years of service.

Sonja Burnette, Fieldale Office, retired Sept. 1 after 42 years of service.

Kathy Cook, Hurricane Call Center, retired Sept. 2 after 36 years of service.

Gary Williams, Roanoke Service Building, retired Sept. 1 after 36 years of service.

Generation

Larry Barr, Conesville Plant, retired Sept. 15 after 35 years of service.

Roger Cox, Gavin Plant, retired Sept. 1 after 27 years of service.

Curtis Goddard, Mitchell Plant, retired Sept. 1 after 38 years of service.

Robert Goodrich, Cardinal Plant, retired Sept. 13 after 38 years of service.

Dennis Gunter, Tulsa Power Station, retired Sept. 1 after 17 years of service.

Frank Ingram, Rockport Plant, retired Sept. 7 after 46 years of service.

Anthony Krupinski III, Mitchell Plant, retired Sept. 3 after 42 years of service.

James Pendleton, Rockport Plant, retired Sept. 1 after 31 years of service.

Danny Thompson, Gavin Plant, retired Sept. 1 after 30 years of service.

Keith Vogel, Cook Nuclear Plant, retired Sept. 9 after 35 years of service.

Richard West, Mitchell Plant, retired Sept. 10 after 39 years of service.

Indiana Michigan Power Company

Sherman Lewis, Spy Run Service Center, retired Sept. 7 after 31 years of service.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Melanie Davis, Tulsa General Office, retired Sept. 7 after 18 years of service.

Scott Jones, Tulsa General Office, retired Sept. 1 after 17 years of service.

Gary Knight, Oklahoma City State Affairs, retired Sept. 1 after 34 years of service.

Wilce Williams, Tulsa General Office, retired Sept. 24 after 41 years of service.

Transmission

Lydia Bowers, Longview Operations, retired Sept. 24 after 28 years of service.

Christopher Farler, Chillicothe Transmission/Telecom, retired Sept. 1 after 36 years of service.

Alan McLain, Lawton Substation, retired Sept. 10 after 11 years of service.

Richard Peszlen, Energy Delivery Headquarters-Gahanna, retired Sept. 10 after 35 years of service.

AEP Employees, Retirees Recognized for Delivering Meals to Seniors

Shown at a breakfast event that recognized Gahanna-area employees and retirees are (left to right): Chuck Gehring, president and CEO of LifeCare Alliance; Brian Tierney; Venugopalan Nair and his wife, Komalam Nair; Barbara Radous; Sherry Hill; Victoria Richards; Pauli Tice of LifeCare Alliance; and Anthony Greve. Photo by: Caitlin Sadler

Nearly 100 AEP employees and retirees were recognized recently for their volunteer work with LifeCare Alliance’s (LCA) Meals-on-Wheels Corporate Route Program.

Meals-on-Wheels provides hot nutritious meals to older adults and chronically ill persons who are unable to provide meals for themselves. Volunteers and staff deliver meals to the home 365 days a year. This “daily check” gives peace of mind to both recipients and their loved ones. Convenient weekly delivery of frozen meals is available for those who may have frequent medical appointments and treatments.

AEP volunteers from the Arena building, Gahanna offices and 1 Riverside Plaza deliver meals five days a week during their lunch hours. AEP is in its 12th year of participation in the Corporate Route program. Deliveries are made to residents at Jaycee Arms and Nazareth Tower, two housing complexes for senior citizens in downtown Columbus, and on driving routes in Gahanna and on the west side of Columbus.

Brian Tierney, AEP executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Barbara Radous, senior vice president – Operations and Performance Transformation, serve as Executive Champs for the group. Tierney and Radous hosted appreciation breakfasts in Columbus at 1 Riverside Plaza and in Gahanna to recognize the efforts of AEP’s employee volunteers.

“Volunteering to deliver meals to the elderly and homebound is yet another example of AEP employees making a positive impact in our community,” said Tierney.

AEP’s volunteer efforts save LifeCare Alliance, a not-for-profit organization, $48,000 to $60,000 annually. In addition to the Meals-on-Wheels volunteers, AEP has supported LifeCare Alliance by funding the purchase of new cooking kettles, facility lighting upgrades and providing in-kind print services.

Sherry Hill, regulatory consultant in Regulatory Operations for AEP Ohio, serves as Corporate Route Coordinator for the AEP volunteers and has done so since the program began. Hill is dedicated to the program and contributes greatly to its success. For more information or to volunteer with the program in Central Ohio, contact Hill.

Big Sandy Unit 2 Cooling Tower Imploded

The cooling tower of Big Sandy Unit 2 was demolished on Saturday.

(Story by Allison Barker)

Some 500 pounds of explosives were used to implode the cooling tower at Big Sandy Unit 2 Sept. 24.

At 9 a.m., Bob Armstrong, 30-year plant employee, now retired, pushed the button that triggered the blast.

“It’s a big thrill to be asked to do this,” said Armstrong, 85, of Louisa, Ky. “When I was asked if I would like to do this, I said, ‘Lord have mercy, I sure would.’ I was there when it was being built. I saw everything. I’ve been on top of that stack. It’s really something now to see it coming down.”

Independence Demolition of Independence, Ohio, and explosive demolition specialist Dykon of Tulsa, Okla., led the tower demolition in collaboration with construction trades and employees. Representatives from local, county and state agencies in West Virginia and Kentucky, including law enforcement, highways, 911 emergency services, fish and wildlife, and others, assisted.

“The collaboration allowed for a safe, successful event. While today is bittersweet for many employees who enjoyed working at Big Sandy, it also demonstrates our commitment to paving the way for future economic growth in the area. We’re proud to build upon Big Sandy’s legacy in eastern Kentucky,” said Aaron Sink, plant manager.

The cooling tower was 395 feet in diameter at its base and 370 feet tall. A closed cycle cooling system, the cooling tower used water from the Big Sandy River to cool 248,000 gallons of water a minute. By cooling the water, it could be re-circulated and reused in the power generation process. The closed system also meant that heated water was not discharged back into the river where it could disrupt the natural aquatic life.

Big Sandy Unit 2 went online in 1969 and was the first in a series of five 800-megawatt units installed on the AEP System in a four-year period. Unit 2 was retired from service in May 2015 to comply with new environmental regulations.

Big Sandy was the first to incorporate this system into a natural-draft cooling tower in the Western Hemisphere when Unit 1 went online in 1963. Big Sandy continues to use the Unit 1 cooling tower with the successful conversion from a coal-fired unit to a 280-megawatt, natural gas-burning unit in May 2016.

“From a historical perspective, this demolition is a milestone moment for AEP, Kentucky Power and eastern Kentucky,” said Greg Pauley, Kentucky Power president and chief operating officer. “Unit 2 provided the region with safe, reliable and affordable electricity for nearly 50 years. While this event marks the end of an era, it also further cements Big Sandy’s new role.”

 

Register With Teladoc — You May Win an iPad

Teladoc connects you anytime, anywhere via phone, web or mobile app to a national network of board-certified doctors.

Haven’t tried Teladoc® yet? Here’s a great opportunity — AEP medical plan participants who register and complete their medical history with Teladoc before December 31 will be entered into a drawing to win an Apple iPad.

Between October 1 and December 31, AEP medical plan participants and their covered dependents can talk to a Teladoc physician for just $10, which represents a 75 percent discount off the normal consultation fee of $40.

NOTE: Only employees and under-65 retirees are eligible to participate in the drawing.

What is Teladoc?

Teladoc connects you anytime, anywhere via phone, web or mobile app to a national network of board-certified doctors who average 15 years’ experience. Within minutes, a doctor will call you back ready to listen and resolve your issue. If medically necessary, a prescription will be sent to your pharmacy of choice. Note: Teladoc consultations are not permitted in Arkansas.

Some examples of minor health conditions Teladoc physicians can treat include: sinus problems, bronchitis, allergies, poison ivy, cold and flu symptoms, urinary tract infection, respiratory infection, and more. Unfortunately, they cannot provide flu shots.

Why Teladoc?

Convenience! You don’t have to leave your home or office to connect with Teladoc physicians, who can diagnose and prescribe treatment for many minor health conditions. The service is especially convenient for night time, weekend, travel and holiday situations.

To register or request a consultation:

Go to Teladoc.com/AEP; 1-800-TELADOC (835-2362), or text “Get Started” to 469-844-4546. Also, mobile apps for both iPhone and Android are available; visit the app store to download. Corporate iPhone users can go to Apps @ Work, then go to AEP Benefits to install or update the Teladoc app.

Great news — if you have already completed Teladoc registration and medical history, you are automatically entered in the drawing for the iPad.

Obituaries

AEP River Operations

David Bays, 78, River Transportation Division, died August 2.

AEP Service Corporation

Joseph Graham, 73, Telecommunications, died August 22.

Bill Harbour, 81, retired, AEP Headquarters, died August 6.

Pamela Jordan, 59, AEP Headquarters, died July 31.

Atleatha Knight, 63, Central Operations Center, died July 20.

Kala Seidu, 72, retired, AEP Headquarters, died August 12.

Appalachian Power Company

James Alford, 91, retired, Central Machine Shop, died July 29.

Thelma Hairston, 71, retired, Princeton Service Center, died August 3.

Kathryn Harris, 52, Hurricane Call Center, died August 16.

John Jones, 71, retired, Kanawha River Plant, died August 19.

Adalee Lynch, 78, retired, Mountaineer Plant, died August 12.

Columbus Southern Power Company

Glen Miller, 91, retired, 850 Tech Center, died July 8.

Phyllis Yurjevic, 86, retired, Conesville Plant, died August 4.

Indiana Michigan Power Company

Keith Boros, 36, Cook Nuclear Plant, died August 26.

Leonard Grossman, 79, retired, Tanners Creek Plant, died August 7.

Robert Hill, 92, retired, Marion Service Center, died July 20.

Wayne Thompson, 87, retired, Spy Run Service Center, died July 20.

Paul Wiegand, 94, retired, Tanners Creek Plant, died August 26.

Ohio Power Company

Russell Duncan, 89, retired, Kammer Plant, died August 21.

Gene Hill, 77, retired, Findlay Office, died July 18.

Walter Schaad, 68, Muskingum River Plant, died August 21.

Alyce Welsh, 88, retired, Zanesville Office, died August 25.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Gary DeVore, 60, Tulsa Power Station, died August 16.

Allan Haugen, 78, retired, Tulsa General Office, died August 1.

Joe Houtz, 71, Lawton Operations Center, died August 27.

Southwestern Electric Power Company

James Downs, 86, retired, Shreveport General Office, died August 5.

Walter Mitchell, 75, retired, Fayetteville Service Center, died August 2.

William White, 89, retired, Shreveport General Office, died August 13.

Texas Central

Lupe Garcia, 85, retired, Corpus Christi Office, died August. 11.

Ignacio Hernandez, 64, Pharr North Service Center, died August 11.

Texas North

Sandra Huskey, 71, retired, Grant Building, died August 6.

Jack Price, 61, Rotan Office, died August 18.

August Retirements

AEP Service Corporation

Tammy Evans, AEP Headquarters, retired August 5 after 12 years of service.

Ray Kackley, AEP Headquarters, retired August 13 after 30 years of service.

Corky Lambert, John E. Dolan Lab, retired August 3 after 45 years of service.

Olga Montes, Renaissance Tower, retired August 20 after 32 years of service.

Michael Orr, Arena Building, retired August 19 after 43 years of service.

Jeff Parlet, AEP Headquarters, retired August 6 after 36 years of service.

Cheryl Thirtyacre, Central Operations Center, retired August 12 after 21 years of service.

AEP Ohio

Linda Morgan, Athens Service Center, retired August 27 after 32 years of service.

Sally Sisson, Energy Delivery Headquarters-Gahanna, retired August 13 after 31 years of service.

Appalachian Power Company

Dan Drayer, Glade Spring Service Center, retired August 17 after 40 years of service.

Terry Temple, Wheeling Service Building, retired August 20 after 13 years of service.

Thomas Trotter, Christiansburg Service Center, retired August 6 after 31 years of service.

Generation

Allen Bruner, Rockport Plant, retired August 30 after 32 years of service.

Thomas Festavan, Lieberman Power Plant, retired August 26 after 33 years of service.

Terry Forrester, Cardinal Plant, retired August 20 after 39 years of service.

Marc French, Mountaineer Plant, retired August 27 after 37 years of service.

John Garnes, Gavin Plant, retired August 11 after 29 years of service.

Larry Miller, Mitchell Plant, retired August 30 after 40 years of service.

Michael Parsons, Cook Coal Terminal, retired August 1 after 16 years of service.

Wilbur Roden, Dolet Hills Lignite Mine, retired August 2 after 14 years of service.

Mark Rouk, Northeastern Station 3&4, retired August 20 after 31 years of service.

Gordon Shaw, Dolet Hills Lignite Mine, retired August 11 after 32 years of service.

Wayne Staats, Sporn Plant, retired August 27 after 40 years of service.

Raymond Wallace, Rockport Plant, retired August 24 after 32 years of service.

David Yonley, Mitchell Plant, retired August 13 after 35 years of service.

Indiana Michigan Power Company

Edward Owens, St. Joseph Service Center, retired August 5 after 30 years of service.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Dean Franklin, Alsuma Meter & Substation, retired August 30 after 35 years of service.

Randel Manry, McAlester Operations Center, retired August 27 after 36 years of service.

Transmission

Charles Matthews, Shreveport General Office, retired August 17 after 39 years of service.

James Mendenhall, Muncie Service Center, retired August 1 after 35 years of service.

Bennett Williams, System Control Center, retired August 13 after 41 years of service.