12/21/2005
AEP´s Kentucky Power reaches wholesale agreements with municipal utilities

FRANKFORT, KY – Kentucky Power, an operating unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), has renewed wholesale power supply agreements with municipal utilities serving the towns of Vanceburg and Olive Hill, Kentucky. Pending approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the 20-year agreements will take effect in January.
 
Through the agreements, Kentucky Power will provide wholesale electricity to the Vanceburg Electric Plant Board and the City of Olive Hill. Under the terms of the agreements, Kentucky Power will provide 100 percent of both municipal utilities’ retail electricity requirement for the 20-year terms of the contracts. Pricing information is not being released for competitive reasons.
 
"Kentucky Power’s wholesale relationship with Vanceburg dates back to the late 1920s and to at least the 1960s for Olive Hill," said Timothy Mosher, president and COO of Kentucky Power. "We are pleased that we will continue to provide these communities with affordable, reliable wholesale power for many years to come."
 
"AEP is one of the largest providers of wholesale energy to municipals and cooperatives, and it is gratifying to continue these wholesale relationships with Vanceburg and Olive Hill," said Brian Tierney, AEP senior vice president, commercial operations. In 2006, AEP will provide approximately 3,500 megawatts of power to 55 municipal utilities and 25 electric cooperatives in the United States.
 
The Vanceburg Electric Plant Board and Vanceburg City Council both voted unanimously Dec. 13 to approve the contract with American Electric Power Service Corporation as an agent for Kentucky Power. The Olive Hill City Council approved its agreement unanimously Dec. 20, 2005.
 
"We are happy to have a long term agreement in place with Kentucky Power and AEP," said Vanceburg Mayor William T. Cooper. "We have had a long standing relationship with them, one which has provided our customers with reliable power at reasonable rates. This contract will continue that relationship well into the future."
 
Kentucky Power provides electricity to approximately 175,000 customers in all or parts of 20 Eastern Kentucky counties. It is a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), the nation’s largest electricity generator. AEP owns more than 36,000 megawatts of generating capacity and is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, with more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP is based in Columbus, Ohio.

 
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