AEP names senior vice president for services subsidiary

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 22, 2002 — Michael W. Rencheck has been named senior vice president of engineering and region operations for AEP Pro Serv, Inc., the non-regulated professional services subsidiary of American Electric Power.

Rencheck, 41, will report to John R. Jones, president of AEP Pro Serv. He will be based in Columbus.

“Mike has a wide range of experiences around the country and in various aspects of the electric and nuclear industries,” said Jones. “This combination of engineering and business knowledge will support AEP Pro Serv’s continued growth and expansion.”

Rencheck joined AEP in 1998 as vice president – nuclear engineering based at Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, Mich. He was named vice president – strategic business improvement at Cook Plant last year.

“Mike played a key role during the restart of Cook,” said Chris Bakken, AEP senior vice president – nuclear generation. “As vice president of strategic business improvement, he has laid the groundwork and provided the vision for the continued growth and development of the nuclear organization.”

He previously served as director – nuclear engineering and projects at Florida Power Corp.’s Crystal River Nuclear Station in 1997-98 and as manager and director of system engineering at Public Service Electric & Gas Co. from 1995-97.

Rencheck also spent more than a decade at Duquesne Light Co.’s Beaver Valley Nuclear Station, where he held various management and line positions in engineering, maintenance, outage management and unit startup.

He holds a master’s degree in management and computer information systems from Robert Morris College in Coraopolis, Pa., and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ohio Northern University in Ada. He is a professional engineer (Pennsylvania) and a certified senior reactor operator.

AEP Pro Serv, a non-regulated affiliate of American Electric Power, provides its clients with a full array of project management, environmental, engineering, construction, operations, technical services and maintenance expertise. The firm has offices in Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas, and South Portland, Maine.

American Electric Power is a multinational energy company with a balanced portfolio of energy assets. AEP, the United States’ largest electricity generator, owns and operates more than 42,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. and select international markets. AEP is a wholesale energy marketer, ranking among North America’s top providers of wholesale power and natural gas with a growing wholesale presence in European markets. In addition to electricity generation, AEP owns and operates natural gas pipeline systems, natural gas storage, coal mines, and the fourth-largest inland barge company in the U.S. AEP is also one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, with almost 5 million customers linked to AEP’s wires. The company is based in Columbus, Ohio.

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