AEP to form electric transmission company

Columbus, Ohio, November 12, 2009 – American Electric Power plans to invest up to $130 million dollars in 2010 on a new, separate transmission unit to be known as Transco.

Once approved by regulators, the new unit will handle transmission upgrade projects inside AEP’s 11-state service territory, the company said in a release.

AEP has existing and planned transmission projects in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) through its Electric Transmission Texas joint venture with MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company.

The utility is also pursuing transmission projects outside its footprint and outside ERCOT through joint ventures with numerous other companies, including Electric Transmission America, AEP’s broader partnership with MidAmerican.

In August 2008, American Electric Power formed a joint venture with Duke Energy to build and own new electric transmission assets.

AEP’s transmission system includes 39,000 miles of network, including 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage lines.

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