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  • 12/5/2007
    Roanoke, Va., December 5, 2007 – Appalachian Power today submitted an application to the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) seeking approval to construct an $8 million, 138 kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line and substation to serve customers in southern Botetourt, eastern Roanoke and western Bedford counties. Growing electric demands in this area are expected to tax the existing facilities to their capacity by summer 2008.   The proposed project meets the need and improves electric reliability in the area.
  • 11/26/2007


    Charleston, W.Va., November 26, 2007 – Increased emphasis on energy saving lighting, like compact fluorescent lightbulbs, and a heightened awareness of the cost of electricity may have some consumers wondering just how much it costs to decorate their homes with seasonal lights during the holidays.
  • 11/14/2007
    Charleston, W.Va., November 14, 2007 – Appalachian Power is encouraging customers to contribute toward paying the electric heating bills for people in need, and the company is leading the effort by example. This year the company will contribute $105,000 toward the program.
  • 11/9/2007
    Because of below-average rainfall and forecasts predicting continuing drought-like conditions, Appalachian Power has announced that it will not lower the water level of its Claytor Lake hydroelectric facility in Pulaski County this fall.
  • 10/4/2007
    Appalachian Power encourages customers to consider looking at light bulbs differently, and support the Energy Star Change a Light, Change the World campaign that starts this month. Switching out just one incandescent bulb to a high-efficiency compact fluorescent light bulb can save Appalachian customers about $6 a year.
  • 10/4/2007
    Because of the continued lack of adequate rainfall in the Smith Mountain Project watershed, Appalachian Power will again adjust its operations to reduce flow from the Leesville dam and reservoir into the Staunton River.
  • 9/4/2007
    Just in time for school, Appalachian Power has added a great new educational resource to its web site. Kid’s Korner at uses colorful animations, playful graphics, interactive games, puzzles, science experiments, house projects and online coloring books to explore everything from power generation sources, transmission and distribution, to electrical safety, energy efficiency and utility careers. 
  • 8/30/2007
    Appalachian Power has extended the length of time necessary for a lowered water level in the Buck Hydroelectric Project reservoir because of the delayed shipment of an essential repair part.
  • 8/15/2007
    Appalachian Power has received a variance for the Smith Mountain Project minimum flow requirements to help slow the lowering of water levels in the Virginia hydroelectric project’s reservoirs.
  • 8/10/2007
    Charleston, W.Va., August 10, 2007 – For the third time this week Appalachian Power customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee used more electricity than they ever had before during the summertime.
    At the hour ending 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Thursday, Appalachian Power customers’ demand for electricity unofficially topped 6,759 megawatts (MW).
  • 8/9/2007
    Charleston, W.Va., August 9, 2007 – After setting a new unofficial summer peak demand for electricity on Tuesday afternoon, Appalachian Power customers and AEP Appalachian Power customers in Kingsport, Tenn., topped that peak on Wednesday.
  • 8/8/2007
    Charleston, W.Va., August 8, 2007 – Appalachian Power customers and AEP Appalachian Power customers in Kingsport, Tenn., set a new unofficial summer peak demand for electricity Tuesday.
  • 8/7/2007
    High temperatures settling into Appalachian Power’s service territory this week are expected to increase electric consumption in the region as customers strive to stay cool. While the company expects to have sufficient capacity in the region to meet this increased electric demand, Appalachian encourages all of its customers to use electricity wisely.
  • 7/30/2007
    Appalachian Power discovered and corrected a programming error that understated the interest component of some customer rate refunds on bills mailed between July 23 and 27.
  • 7/23/2007
    Rate refunds resulting from resolution of the company’s recent general rate increase have been credited to Virginia customer accounts by Appalachian Power. Customers will see credits applied to their current-month charges on bills that begin mailing late July 23. Former customers eligible to receive refunds will be mailed checks Aug. 6.
  • 7/16/2007
    Appalachian Power filed three separate applications for consideration by the Virginia State Corporation Commission.One application seeks an adjustment of the company’s current fuel factor.Another seeks recovery of an additional $40 million in environmental and reliability (E&R) costs.The third application seeks a prudency determination of a proposed 629-megawatt clean-coal power plant.
  • 7/2/2007
    Some 2,000-plus new customers have joined Appalachian Power from the communities of Elkhorn, Kimball, Iaeger and War. The new customers came from Elkhorn Public Service, Kimball Light & Water, United Light & Power and War Light & Power. The Public Service Commission of West Virginia directed Appalachian Power to acquire the electrical assets of those companies and begin serving customers on July 1.
  • 6/25/2007
    The Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia issued an order June 22 approving the joint stipulation and settlement agreement filed by Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power May 30. The Commission order grants the companies a combined annual increase in revenues of approximately $85.5 million, or 10 percent, effective July 1.
  • 6/18/2007
    A proposed Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) clean-coal power plant in New Haven, W.Va., could be completed in mid-2012 at the earliest at a cost of approximately $2.23 billion if appropriate regulatory approvals are obtained in West Virginia and Virginia without delays, according to testimony filed with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC) today by Appalachian Power, an operating subsidiary of American Electric Power
  • 6/13/2007
    Beginning with bills processed June 14, Virginia customer accounts will be calculated according to new base rates authorized last month by the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC).   The new rates replace and are lower than interim rates implemented by law and with SCC approval in October 2006 as part of Appalachian’s original rate request.
  • 6/11/2007
    Appalachian Power has scheduled several customer information meetings in McDowell County for those new customers coming to the company from other electrical utilities. At the direction of the Public Service Commission of West Virginia, Appalachian Power will acquire the electrical assets of Elkhorn Public Service, Kimball Light & Water, United Light & Power and War Light & Power, and begin serving those customers on July 1, 2007.
  • 5/11/2007
    Beginning next week, customers of Elkhorn Public Service Co., Kimball Light & Water, United Light & Power, and War Light & Power may notice workers in the area gathering information about electrical facilities, according to officials at Appalachian Power. The activity is part of the work by Appalachian Power to acquire the electrical facilities of the McDowell County Musser companies.
  • 5/10/2007
    Appalachian Power today added a new feature to its website that gives customers information about power outages when they occur.
  • 4/16/2007

    ROANOKE, Va., April 16, 2007 – Nearly 50,0000 Appalachian Power Virginia customers lost electricity by mid-day as high winds blew across the company’s service territory, knocking down trees and sending debris into power lines. Company officials predict that some customers could be without power until Friday.

  • 4/13/2007
    Appalachian Power will modify its normal release of water from the Smith Mountain Project Leesville dam into Sunday, April 15 designed to enhance striped bass spawning downstream in the Roanoke River
  • 4/13/2007
    Appalachian Power will modify its release of water from Claytor Lake Sunday, April 15 and begin a levelized “run of river” operation to accommodate activities downstream from the dam on New River.

  • 3/23/2007
    Appalachian Power is using a product that looks just like pure copper grounding material, but isn’t, in a move designed to reduce or eliminate theft of copper from the company´s electrical facilities.
  • 3/15/2007
    Martinsville, Va., March 15, 2007 – Appalachian Power’s Patriot Centre Station is buzzing with flowing electricity, thus completing the company’s $6 million electrical upgrade in Henry County.
  • 3/1/2007
    Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power, both subsidiaries of American Electric Power (AEP), today filed with the Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia seeking an annual increase in revenues of approximately $100.5 million, or about 12 percent, to be effective July 1, 2007. If approved as filed, bills for residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month would rise from $58.87 to $65.24, a $6.37 increase.
  • 2/16/2007
    Appalachian Power has filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to amend the existing license for the Smith Mountain Project to ease in-water construction restrictions. However, Appalachian reminds property owners and contractors that the current ban on in-water construction activities beginning every year on February 15 remains in effect for 2007 until a FERC order to the contrary is issued.
  • 2/6/2007
    Appalachian Power customers and AEP Appalachian Power customers in Kingsport, Tenn., set an unofficial all-time peak demand of 8,050 megawatts (MW) at 8 a.m. today. Temperatures in the teens and single digits across much of the company’s service area helped push electricity consumption past the previous record of 7,386 MW, set yesterday evening at 8 p.m., and marked the fourth all-time peak set in the last eight days.
  • 1/9/2007
    Frank Simms, who has been directing the process for the federal relicensing of the Smith Mountain Pumped Storage Project, has been named to head up operations of all hydroelectric facilities for American Electric Power (AEP), the parent company of Appalachian Power.
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