American Electric Power named Matthew J. Satterwhite president and chief operating officer of Kentucky Power, effective Nov. 9.
Satterwhite, who previously served as senior counsel at Columbus, Ohio-based AEP, assumed responsibilities for distribution operations serving 169,000 customers in eastern Kentucky, as well as the operating unit’s safety, customer service, marketing, communications, community affairs, governmental affairs and regulatory functions. He succeeds Gregory G. Pauley, who is retiring after 42 years of service at AEP. Satterwhite reports to Charles Patton, president and chief operating officer of Appalachian Power.
“Matt’s deep regulatory experience and collaborative leadership style will strengthen our efforts to build a smarter energy infrastructure that continues to deliver safe, reliable electricity to our customers in Kentucky well into the future,” Patton said.
Satterwhite, 43, came to AEP as senior counsel in 2008. In that role, he served as a state regulatory attorney supporting Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky. He was the lead in-house counsel for Kentucky Power in a number of proceedings before the Kentucky Public Service Commission and has represented AEP before the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Prior to joining AEP, he served as the Public Utility Master Commissioner at the Supreme Court of Ohio for two years. Satterwhite started his career at the Ohio Attorney General’s office as an assistant attorney general representing the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. He then joined the commission staff as legal director of its Service, Monitoring and Enforcement Department, overseeing staff attorneys, investigators and auditors responsible for industry regulation.
Satterwhite holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Kansas and a juris doctor from Capital Law School. Satterwhite, whose wife Cathy is a public school teacher, has been an elected member of the Licking Heights School Board in Ohio for eight years, serving as president or vice president five times during his tenure.
American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines.
AEP owns approximately 31,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also supplies 3,200 megawatts of renewable energy to customers through such units as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).