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Learn About American Electric Power

  • Headquarters: Columbus, Ohio
  • Founded: Incorporated in 1906 as American Gas and Electric Company
  • Markets served: Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia
  • Discover what American Electric Power is doing in the community.
  • See how the AEP electric company improves its sustainability.
American Electric Power, more commonly known as AEP, is an electric utility company that employs more than 18,000 workers and serves communities in 11 states. The AEP electric company generates approximately 38,000 MW, has more than 40,000 miles of transmission lines and distributes power to more than 5 million customers in the U.S.

AEP: Electric utility history

AEP energy has a long history. In 1906, it began as an electric and gas utility with properties spanning from Illinois to the Atlantic coast. The company sold many of these properties over the years, but managed to maintain a foothold in five of its original communities served: Marion and Muncie, Indiana; Canton and Bridgeport, Ohio; and Wheeling, West Virginia. AEP energy first connected power plants to improve reliability in 1911. From there, the company expanded and built more power plants, super power plants and continued to innovate new ways to improve efficiency. The company survived the Great Depression and continued to grow in the post-war economy. By the end of the 20th century, American Electric Power annual sales to retail customers exceeded 100 billion kilowatt-hours.

AEP: Energy responsibility

Today, American Electric Power continues to focus on corporate responsibility and innovation. Its annual Corporate Accountability Report outlines a number of efforts the company is undertaking to improve efficiency and foster a more sustainable energy future. Read the full report for information about the following topics:
  • Business Performance: Financials, health and safety practices, environmental impacts and energy reliability
  • Technology and Innovation: Smart grid, energy efficiency, distributed generation and technology challenges
  • Customers and Communities: Customer and community engagement and sustainable procurement
  • The AEP Work Force: Corporate culture, diversity and awards
  • Company Statistics: Annual data points, including the Carbon Disclosure Project and Coal Supplier Survey

Learn about more about AEP rates

Compare competitive retail electric providers' rates on AEP Ohio electric service when you enter your ZIP code at®. You can also call an energy specialist and ask about available supply rates from providers within the AEP Ohio electric service area. Get rates in the Texas AEP service area, too. Even though you can shop around for the best rates, American Electric Power will always be your utility. Report outages or emergencies to AEP directly at 1-800-672-2231 for Ohio and 1-866-223-8508 for Texas.

Updated: 7-17-15