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Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has submitted filings to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking approval to fully separate its
Ohio generating assets from its
Ohio distribution and transmission operations following an
Oct. 17 decision from the Public Utilities Commission of
Ohio in the company's corporate separation case.
"These FERC filings are an important next step in our transition to full competition in
Ohio. We have requested approval to transfer ownership of a portion of our
Ohio generation-related assets from AEP Ohio into a separate unregulated generation company, to transfer other generation assets currently owned by AEP Ohio to Appalachian Power and Kentucky Power to help satisfy their long-term capacity requirements in the PJM Interconnection, and to end the current system interconnection agreement for our Midwest utilities," said
Nicholas K. Akins, AEP president and chief executive officer. "If the process moves forward as we expect, we will be in a position to fully separate our
Ohio generation from our
Ohio utility operations at the beginning of 2014."
AEP requested approval to transfer approximately 9,200 megawatts (MW) of AEP Ohio-owned generation to a new wholly owned company – AEP Generation Resources Inc. AEP also requested FERC approval to transfer AEP Ohio's current two-thirds ownership (867 MW) in the John E. Amos Plant Unit 3 (1,300 MW) to Appalachian Power and to transfer 800 MW of the 1,600-MW generating capacity of
Mitchell Plant to Appalachian Power and the remaining 800 MW to Kentucky Power. Additionally, AEP asked FERC to terminate the existing interconnection agreement, or pool, that exists among AEP's utilities in the Midwest and to approve a new Power Coordination Agreement among Appalachian Power, Kentucky Power and Indiana Michigan Power.
AEP also requested approval to merge AEP's Wheeling Power utility into Appalachian Power.