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American Electric Power announces internet availability of 2008 Annual Meeting proxy materials


COLUMBUS, Ohio.– American Electric Power Co. (NYSE: AEP) announced today that proxy materials for its 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders are available through the Internet under the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) new Notice and Access rule.

These documents are AEP’s 2007 summary annual report, proxy statement for the 2008 Annual Meeting and Appendix A to the proxy, which includes the company’s 2007 financial statements. The materials have been filed with the SEC and can be viewed on AEP’s website at

The Notice and Access rule allows companies to furnish proxy materials to shareholders through the Internet as an alternative to traditional delivery of printed materials. By adopting this new provision, AEP has reduced the number of printed copies of its annual meeting materials this year by 87 percent.

“This approach to distributing annual meeting documents aligns perfectly with our philosophy of using resources prudently and protecting the environment,” said Dennis Welch, AEP executive vice president – Environment, Safety & Health and Facilities. “By encouraging electronic access and making hard copies available only to those shareholders who specifically request them, we are demonstrating our commitment to sustainable business practices.”

AEP shareholders who wish to obtain hard copies of the company’s proxy materials at no charge may do so by following the instructions provided on the company’s website or in the “Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials” that was mailed today to shareholders who held shares on the record date of Feb. 27, 2008.

AEP’s 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be Tuesday, April 22, at 9:30 a.m. EDT at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, 110 Shenandoah Ave., Roanoke, Va. A live webcast of the meeting, featuring both audio and video, will be accessible at


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