AEP Ohio, an American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) company, presented the Chillicothe City School District with an incentive check for $38,531 on Monday, September 23 in recognition of the district's commitment to energy efficiency.
Between 2016 and 2019, the Chillicothe Board of Education worked with AEP Ohio and design partners SHP Leading Design and Summit Construction to incorporate energy efficient measures into the design of two new school buildings. The district took advantage of AEP Ohio's New Construction program to improve building standards with energy efficient lighting, lighting controls and high efficiency cooling equipment that will help minimize heat loss and infiltration.
The energy efficiency measures are expected to minimize long-term maintenance costs and utility bills for the school district. It's estimated that the district will see an annual savings of more than $40,000 and more than 400,000 kWh per year as a result of the incentives.
"We chose to participate because we felt energy efficient systems made sense when building new schools. Our design partner modeled various scenarios and selected lighting and HVAC systems that fit our construction budget and also earned rebate incentives from AEP Ohio," said Steve Mullins, school board president, Chillicothe City Schools. "Chillicothe City Schools will be using these buildings for many years, and having a school that consumes as little energy as possible also helps reduce long-term operational costs for the district."
Since 2008, AEP Ohio's energy efficiency programs have saved customers 4,835 total GWhs and more than $2 billion in energy costs, creating green jobs, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 3.8 million tons and sulfur dioxide emissions by 16,800 tons.
"AEP Ohio works with organizations of all sizes to provide programs, incentives and energy management tools that can help reduce energy usage and costs," said Tracie Campbell with AEP Ohio's Energy Efficiency Programs. "These incentives will benefit the school district and community for years to come."
AEP Ohio offers a variety of Energy Efficiency programs to help residential and business customers save energy and money. For more information, visit AEPOhio.com/Save (residential) or AEPOhio.com/Solutions (business).
AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at AEPOhio.com.
American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP's more than 18,000 employees operate and maintain the nation's largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation's largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including nearly 5,300 megawatts of renewable generation. AEP's family of companies includes utilities 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 also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners, and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.