Canton, Ohio, is football heaven. And the Hall of Fame is a dreamed of destination for every football fan. AEP Ohio has installed goal post transmission structures to improve the power supply here and in the city of Canton. You couldn't find a more fitting design to accommodate the power lines around the area. It’s just part of a $7 million-dollar project to help power the renovations of the Football Hall of Fame experience. It's a game-changing improvement.
Clay Center Discovery Museum
The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences is one of the most ambitious economic, cultural and educational undertakings in West Virginia. Thanks, in part, to Appalachian Power, the center’s “My Town” acts as an amazing learning destination for children across Appalachia. It’s the perfect miniature town, complete with its own energy center where children experience how to power a city, first hand. It’s a perfect place for curious young minds, and another example of APCO investing in creating a smarter generation.
Unfortunately, a fly-by-night roofing contractor left Sandra Carter without savings and an uninhabitable structure. The financial burden was overwhelming, and without proper weatherizing and repair, the house simply wasn’t livable for Sandra and her granddaughter. IMPACT and AEP Ohio did everything necessary to create a safe, comfortable home. With a completely weatherized home, she was able to keep custody of her granddaughter. For us, this wasn’t just a home repair. It was a rescue.
The Columbus Zoo is among the best recognized in the country. Their holiday "Wildlights" celebration brings hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. AEP Ohio helped convert every light to LED. Unlike the old glass bulbs, these energy-saving lights are plastic, shine brighter without emitting heat, and are 100% recyclable. On average, they hang three million lights. That’s a lot of energy throughout the holiday season, but now with LEDs they’re using 70% less electricity every year, while providing an experience that keeps communities gathering together, year after year.
The Port of Corpus Christi
AEP Texas is working with the Port of Corpus Christi and the surrounding area strengthening its infrastructure to create the kind of pro-business environment that attracts companies like Cheniere and continues to expand the country's 4th largest port. Together, we're creating new job opportunities, increasing new business growth and improving the overall lifestyle of our community.
Kritters 4 Kids
Wildlife in Focus is on a mission to preserve and protect the native wildlife and its habitat in South Texas. Its program Kritters 4 Kids, teaches and encourages students to protect the wild lands of the area. At AEP Texas, we’re proud to support Kritters 4 Kids. We know the importance of educating our next generation on how valuable it is to protect wildlife. With our community, we are coming together to build a brighter future.
Promoting Higher Education
The AEP Foundation Credits CountSM grant program was created to excite middle school students about courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, also known as STEM and to help high school students earn up to 12 college credit hours by graduation. From special tutoring tools and creative workshops, to incredible field trips, to college instruction, we’re working to raise new minds interested in the sciences. In addition, AEP Foundation presented a $1.6 million-dollar grant to Laredo Community College to create Credits Count. We’re investing in creating the next generation of scientists to energize our future.
I-77 at Fancy Gap
This fog-covered mountain stretch of I-77 near Fancy Gap creates some of the most dangerous driving conditions in Virginia. The Virginia Department of Transportation reached out to Appalachian Power asking us to help engineer a new warning and speed limiting system using LED signs. While most local residents know to slow down on this stretch, out-of-state drivers don’t. Now, the changing speed limit signs are making for a safer commute.
Smith Mountain Dam
In the early 1960s, Appalachian Power built the Smith Mountain Dam on the Roanoke River, generating 636 megawatts of clean hydropower that serves our communities during high demand times, and provides clean and safe water for drinking and recreation. It’s made a huge impact on the area. The lake, created by the dam itself, has become a hotspot for tourism, and a catalyst for economic development around the area.
Teaching Electrical Safety
Indiana Michigan Power volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club to teach children how power is made, how it’s distributed and how to always stay safe around it. It’s not the typical way of learning and understanding how electricity works. It’s something they’d never expect, helping to energize the community and spark imaginations. With programs like this, the future is bright and safe, for all.
Peregrine Falcon Banding
Indiana Michigan Power provides a nesting home for families of peregrine falcons on the rooftop of its Fort Wayne headquarters. Every May, newly hatched chicks are banded and identified. It’s a company- and community-wide effort to protect and repopulate these endangered birds throughout Indiana. These falcons are an important part of our environment; together, we’re playing our part to keep them thriving here. It’s just one of the many ways we at Indiana Michigan power provide a safe haven, for our community and environment.
A Home Energy Audit
Indiana Michigan Power conducts home energy management audits to help customers achieve the highest possible energy efficiency. Most people have little idea how much energy their home could be wasting. Our experts help educate our customers and, in return, they discover new approaches and learn new behaviors that save energy, and money. It’s just one of the ways we’re warming homes, and hearts, in the community.
Belfry High Robotics
At Kentucky Power, we support competitive student teams from kindergarten to high school with our annual FIRST robotics grant program. Belfry High School is one of our recipients competing across the country with impressive and winning results. Robotics programs help build interest in STEM education and it's one of the many ways Kentucky Power is planting the seeds for a new, smarter generation, ready to power the future of our communities.
Providing Emergency Response
Kentucky Power partnered with Eastern Kentucky Red Cross to provide the region with its first and only Emergency Response Vehicle. In fire, flood or other emergencies, every second counts. This vehicle provides a way to move safely over our rugged terrain as fast as possible, providing help to people in areas that were unreachable before. It’s all part of an effort to bring hope to all parts of the communities.
Meals for Seniors
Kentucky Power provides shelf-stable meals and companionship in Pike County and surrounding areas. This senior meals program is a valuable community service. It’s the perfect way to reach out to our seniors and show that they are never forgotten. It’s more than just delivering meals to seniors. It’s showing a sincere level of care for everyone in the community.
Indian Health Care Resource Center
The native American community has always been important to PSO. PSO and its employees support the Indian Health Care Resource Center and the native American community. The IHCRC is a nonprofit outpatient primary care facility serving 150 different tribes. PSO provides support and volunteers to many of the IHCRC’s programs including Running Strong, a running group for Native American youth and adults, started with the help of PSO. We know that promoting healthy happy living will go a long way in building a strong community.
Kids and Robots
Volunteers from Public Service Company of Oklahoma help support Oklahoma students in science, technology, engineering, and math. They work to help kids accomplish their goals, creating a love for science that they’ll pursue into the future. It’s a program the kids love. After all, it’s not every day kids get to help build and program robots that take over the elementary school.
Tulsa University Solar Power
Public Service Company of Oklahoma installed one of the state’s largest rooftop solar installations on top of the Michael D. Case Tennis Center at the University of Tulsa. The 300-kilowatt system generates the same amount of solar energy harvested by 75 residential structures, earning the college sustainability accolades from the Princeton Review. This impressive advancement is powering the University of Tulsa’s Michael D. Case Tennis Center. It’s all part of an ongoing effort to promote a campus culture focused on increasing sustainability, earning the coveted 2015 Henry Bellmon Sustainability Award for Quality of Life.
Fostering Cyber Security
Companies like SWEPCO and its parent company’s foundation, top research facilities, colleges and universities are joining forces to help secure our future. Through educational grants students from middle school and community college can graduate into the emerging field of cyber technology. They’re shaping the minds and creating the resources to protect our cyber future with the kind of talent our companies and country need. It’s the perfect combination of education, job opportunities and economic support to grow our economy for generations to come. Or what you might call a win-win-win.
Eagle Watch Nature Trail
The Eagle Watch Nature Trail has been a fixture of the Northwest Arkansas community since 1999. Viewing pavilions, a nature trail, nesting boxes and pollinator gardens are part of the experience on SWEPCO Lake at Flint Creek Power Plant. Together with community partners, SWEPCO developed Eagle Watch to share with the public the beauty of wintering American bald eagles. People from all over flock to see the rich habitat and variety of wildlife at Eagle Watch. It’s just another way SWEPCO provides more than just power to the community.
Booneville Robotics Program
Southwestern Electric Power Company recognizes the importance of science and engineering. We inspire and challenge students, supporting robotics teams in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. With SWEPCO’s support, The Rocky Balboabots of Booneville High School in Booneville, Arkansas, travel the country going to different competitions showing off their robotics skills. Robotics helps build interest in STEM and is one of the many ways SWEPCO is planting the seeds for a new smart generation.