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  • 12/13/2005
    A new transmission line that will improve reliability in the Beckley area has been completed and is set to go into service tomorrow. The Appalachian Power line stretches through 7.2 miles of Raleigh County near Daniels.
  • 12/5/2005
    Following nearly a year of successful operation in 13 West Virginia counties, Appalachian Power is expanding its electrical inspection program to cover more of its West Virginia service area.
  • 10/28/2005
    Charleston, W.Va., October 28, 2005  – A program to help pay the winter electric bills for customers least able to pay them is again underway by Appalachian Power.
  • 10/14/2005
    Within the next two weeks all of the towers for Appalachian Power’s 765 kV project will be erected and the construction phase of the nation’s largest power line project essentially becomes a wire-pulling operation.
  • 9/2/2005
    Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power, both subsidiaries of American Electric Power, today distributed to newspapers in their service areas in West Virginia a public notice about the rate increases which they jointly filed with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia a week ago, on August 26, 2005, for publication as a Class II legal advertisement. 
  • 8/26/2005
    Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power, both subsidiaries of American Electric Power, today jointly filed with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia for a $183 million revenue increase. The overall 23 percent increase will affect all the company’s customers in West Virginia.
  • 8/11/2005
    A request for a special use permit to build an Appalachian Power substation in Franklin County is being withdrawn after the planning commission rejected the initial proposal. The company is working on an alternative station site that addresses public concerns. The $28 million Westlake Project reinforces the electrical system in one of the fastest growing areas of the company.
  • 7/26/2005
    Appalachian Power customers set an unofficial summer peak demand of 5,910 megawatts (MW) at 4 p.m. yesterday as sweltering temperatures approached 100 degrees Fahrenheit across the region. The new demand tops the prior summer peak of 5,703 MW set August 5, 2002. 
  • 7/1/2005
    Appalachian Power made a filing with the Virginia State Corporation Commission seeking approval for the recovery of $62.1 million in new environmental and reliability costs. The filing is the first under a new Virginia statute that extended capped rates and the implementation of market pricing until 2011 under the Electric Utility Restructuring Act.
  • 5/26/2005
    The starter’s gun fires June 4, at 8 a.m. on the region’s premiere running event – the Appalachian Power Festival Run.
  • 4/19/2005
    Bluefield, W.Va., April 19, 2005 – The heavy lifting phase of building the nation’s largest transmission line gets underway this week when Appalachian Power begins flying transmission towers from staging yards to tower sites in southern West Virginia utilizing a heavy-lift helicopter.
  • 3/10/2005
    Appalachian Power has named Steven G. Stewart as community affairs manager for the company. Stewart will be based in Huntington and will serve Cabell, Lincoln, Wayne, Mingo, Logan and Mason counties.
  • 3/10/2005
    Approximately 12,000 Appalachian Power customers in the Gate City area will get new electrical meters installed over the next several weeks as the company increases the use of automated meter reading equipment. 
  • 3/2/2005
    Appalachian Power, a unit of American Electric Power, is bringing its electrical safety education efforts into the classroom through an innovative, interactive educational touring theater show that actively engages local school children in learning. Lights On for Louie is Appalachian’s fast-paced, action-packed live learning program that involves kids in the subject matter, presents lessons in a way that kids enjoy and helps children remember what they learned about electrical safety long after the show is over.
  • 2/22/2005
    AEP-Appalachian Power today signed a letter of understanding with the Beckley Higher Education Center to provide advice and assistance with energy technologies for the facility.
                The Higher Education Center, located east of Beckley along Interstate 64, will serve as a common location for seven institutions of higher learning to offer classes. In addition to providing the various schools a location for their course offerings, the Center will be a showplace for advanced building design and energy utilization.  

  • 1/25/2005
    ROANOKE, Va., January 03, 2005  – Appalachian Power recently named two Appalachian Power veterans to key positions in the company’s marketing and customer services operations in Virginia. David Nance has been named manager, customer services and marketing – Virginia, and Bill Valley has been named manager, meter revenue operations – Virginia.
  • 1/24/2005
    ROANOKE, Va., January 24, 2005  – Approximately 50,000 Appalachian Power customers in the Roanoke Valley will get new electrical meters installed over the next several months as the company increases the use of automated meter reading equipment.  Radio frequency (RF) meters allow the company to remotely read meters using either a handheld or mobile unit, usually without even having to walk on a customer’s property.
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