Technology and Innovation

Technology & Innovation
Performance Summary

The technology and gadgets we rely on today are much faster, more efficient and less costly than they once were. Electric vehicles, smart appliances, energy storage and distributed solar generation are among the technologies we are adapting to.

Investing in Our Infrastructure

Investment Timeline

In 2014, we expect to invest $2.8 billion (excluding AFUDC debt and equity) in our transmission and distribution business.

AEP has a long heritage of innovation, from building central power stations and the first extra-high voltage transmission lines, to being first to experiment with load management tools.

Leading Change

“As would any organization striving to become more sustainable, we not only stay focused on the future, we plan for it and sometimes strive to shape it. Innovation has enabled us to meet challenges over and over again that improved our efficiency, our reliability and our customer service.” – Nick Akins, Chairman, President & CEO

Entrepreneurship in action

Our employees are putting their technical expertise and innovative thinking to work for customers and investors.


New, advanced grid technologies are being integrated into the existing network to improve service quality and reliability.

Energy Efficiency

Achievable levels of energy efficiency and demand response are important resources.

Distributed Generation

The maturity of the distributed generation market has created inequities that risk grid reliability and impact those with fixed-incomes the most.

Big Data

We are learning how to leverage the benefits of big data to support our business.


A new transmission line design minimizes right of way land requirements.

Building the Utility of the Future

At AEP, we are building the electric utility of the future. Although we can't predict what will happen, we know that our industry is changing at a fast pace, we must be adaptable and we must be willing to embrace and lead change.

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