|PATH Files New Application in Maryland; Requests Withdrawal in Virginia|
|GREENSBURG, Pa. & COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec 21, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Allegheny Energy, Inc. (NYSE: AYE) and American Electric Power (NYSE:
AEP) today announced several actions regarding the
Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH) project in Maryland and
Virginia that will further align the project's regulatory review
activities and support the companies' efforts to complete the project by
The project consists of a 765-kilovolt transmission line extending approximately 275 miles from the Amos Substation in Putnam County, W.Va., to the proposed Kemptown Substation near New Market, Md. In today's filings:
The West Virginia Public Service Commission is also reviewing an application for authorization to construct the PATH project in West Virginia, with evidentiary hearings scheduled for October 2010. Today's filings in Maryland and Virginia are designed to coordinate the procedural schedules in the three states and to enable the respective commissions to consider the need for the project based on the same facts.
Allegheny Energy and American Electric Power, partners in the joint venture to build the multi-state transmission line, remain committed to the PATH project. According to the most recent analysis by regional grid operator PJM Interconnection, PATH is needed by June 2014 to resolve reliability concerns on the existing transmission system.
For more information on the project, including maps and full state applications, please visit the project Web site at www.pathtransmission.com.
Headquartered in Greensburg, Pa., Allegheny Energy is an investor-owned electric utility with total annual revenues of over $3 billion and more than 4,000 employees. The company owns and operates generating facilities and delivers low-cost, reliable electric service to 1.6 million customers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia. For more information, visit our Web site at www.alleghenyenergy.com.
American Electric Power
American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning more than 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP's transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP's headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio. More information is available at www.aep.com.
SOURCE: Allegheny Energy, Inc.