Appalachian Power Makes Job Announcements For Its Hydro Operations

ROANOKE, Va., Aug. 11, 2015 — Appalachian Power is making two personnel changes that impact operations at its Smith Mountain Pumped Storage Project and other hydroelectric generating facilities in Virginia.

Bradley R. Jones, manager of the Glen Lyn Power Plant in Giles County, Va., has replaced Frank M. Simms who retired July 31 as manager of hydro operations for American Electric Power (AEP) and Appalachian Power.

Named to lead the company’s Shoreline Management team at Smith Mountain Project is Neil Holthouser, currently director of planning and community development for Franklin County, Va.

The announcements were made by Jeff LaFleur, Appalachian’s vice president of generation assets.

“Frank Simms was a key part of our generation group and successfully led our hydro organization through major issues including the recently completed relicensing cycle for all of the AEP hydro plants and introduction of the Shoreline Management Plan at the Smith Mountain Project,” LaFleur said. “We are grateful for his 32 years of service with AEP.”

"The opportunity to move Brad into this position will be very positive,” he added. “The job will draw on Brad’s experience in the company’s generation organization, his knowledge of regulatory issues, and his community outreach.”

Jones will oversee Appalachian’s hydroelectric projects in Virginia and West Virginia as well as all other hydro generation throughout the AEP system. He will continue to oversee the Glen Lyn plant retirement while he takes on the hydro leadership. Glen Lyn officially ceased generation May 31 as part of the company’s compliance with federal environmental requirements.

Jones has been manager of Glen Lyn since 2003. He moved to the plant in 1994 as assistant manager after 15 years at Indiana Michigan Power’s (I&M) Breed Power Plant. He joined I&M after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in 1978. Jones also attended management school at Ohio State University.

In late August, Holthouser will join Appalachian Power as the administrator of the company’s Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) at the Smith Mountain Project. He replaces Patricia Dade, who left in July to pursue outside business interests.

The SMP is the guiding document of appropriate shoreline use for protecting the lakes and for the company’s primary function of providing reliable electricity at the Smith Mountain Project. It guides the management of natural resources, land use, license requirements, development and the environment.  Holthouser and his team will be the company’s primary contact with property owners and contractors for construction and other shoreline work within the project’s boundaries.

Holthouser has 15 years of experience in the field of urban planning with a specialization in comprehensive planning, community development and design review. In addition to his seven years with Franklin County government, he held positions in Ashland and Roanoke, Va., Greenville, N.C., and Boulder, Colo.

Jones and Holthouser will have offices in Roanoke.

Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, 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 nearly 32,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.

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