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2008-10-09 03:00:24

By Courtney Cutright courtney.cutright @roanoke.com 981-3345 The red and green directional markers on Smith Mountain Lake that many boaters take for granted have muddied the waters for one lake- area agency. The Tri-County Lake Administrative Commission, which has been mandated by the U.S. Coast Guard to replace the more than 300 markers on the lake, on Tuesday delayed again a response to the federal agency -- this time to garner input from its legal counsel. The lake commission has...

2008-10-04 03:00:10

One conclusion is clear in this year's drought-intensified dispute over water releases at Smith Mountain Lake: Appalachian Power Co. is right to look for a more flexible formula that can take into account historical trends and current conditions. The plan that Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality put forward this week would meet that end. What it does not resolve is whether lake dwellers and the people who live downstream will see the proposal as a fair solution to their...

2008-09-05 03:00:25

By Jeff Sturgeon jeff.sturgeon@roanoke.com 981-3251 State regulators preparing to open hearings this month have received 2,000 comments on a proposal to raise electrical rates in Western Virginia. Virginia State Corporation Commission spokesman Ken Schrad said most, if not all, are expressions of protest of Appalachian Power Co.'s plans. The SCC is gathering written reaction to proposed increases of more than 30 percent in electrical bills, arising from three rate- hike filings. The...

2008-08-20 03:00:38

By Jeff Sturgeon jeff.sturgeon@roanoke.com 981-3251 Appalachian Power Co. sought approval Monday to build a new power line over Poor Mountain in Southwest Roanoke County, proposing it run alongside an existing one. Appalachian spokesman Todd Burns said the company consulted at length with area residents before naming its preferred corridor for the planned, 138 kilovolt transmission line. The filing with the State Corporation Commission sets in motion a formal, public review of the...

2008-08-17 18:00:46

Appalachian Power Co. plans to buy electricity from a wind farm that's being developed in Greenbrier County. Appalachian Power's parent, Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power, announced the 20-year purchase agreement with Beech Ridge Energy LLC on Thursday. AEP says Appalachian Power plans to buy between 100 and 147 megawatts, the entire output of the 186-megawatt project's first phase. The deal is subject to approval from the West Virginia Public Service Commission. AEP says it...

2008-08-15 00:00:34

By GEORGE HOHMANN Appalachian Power Co., which has been focused throughout its 102 years on generating electricity with coal, today announced its first- ever deal to purchase power generated by a West Virginia wind farm. The American Electric Power subsidiary said it has agreed to purchase all of the power generated over the next 20 years by the first phase of the Beech Ridge Energy wind farm, which is under development in Greenbrier County. The deal with Beech Ridge is Appalachian...

2008-08-14 09:01:02

To: ENVIRONMENTAL EDITORS Contact: Pat D. Hemlepp, Director, Corporate Media Relations, +1- 614-716-1620, or Julie Sherwood, Director, Investor Relations, +1- 614-716-2663 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) subsidiary Appalachian Power Co. has signed a long-term power purchase agreement for renewable wind energy with Beech Ridge Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Invenergy Wind LLC. Through the 20-year agreement, Appalachian Power will...

2008-07-31 12:00:00

By Courtney Cutright, The Roanoke Times, Va. Jul. 31--Lack of rain in the region prompted officials from Appalachian Power Co. to decrease the flow from the two-dam Smith Mountain project this week in an effort to raise the water level at Smith Mountain Lake -- hopefully by a foot or more. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality had to approve a variance for the reduction, but in its re-licensing request, Appalachian is proposing to change that process. The variance enacted...

2008-07-22 03:00:34

By Jeff Sturgeon jeff.sturgeon@roanoke.com 981-3251 The big one, at least in terms of electrical prices, may be about to hit. Appalachian Power Co. on Friday asked state regulators for a nearly 12-percent increase in electric bills Sept. 1 to cover skyrocketing coal costs. The rate increase is the third requested in as many months. Now three proposals are pending with the Virginia State Corporation Commission. If all three increases are approved, bills could rise by about a third from...

2008-07-19 03:00:31

By Greg Edwards, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Jul. 19--Customers of Appalachian Power Co. could face a nearly 12 percent increase in their bills beginning Sept. 1 if regulators approve a requested rate change. The utility says the cost of coal at its plants is rising sharply. Two other Appalachian Power rate requests before the State Corporation Commission could raise typical residential bills 25 percent by Jan. 1. They are to boost the base rate -- for plants, power generation and...


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