Nuclear & Hydroelectric Power
Nuclear power and hydroelectric power will continue to be important resources in our energy portfolio. AEP’s 2,100-MW Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman, Mich., provides low-cost, emission-free electricity to Indiana Michigan Power Company’s (I&M) customers and is an important component of I&M’s generation resources. The two units at the Cook Plant produce enough energy to power approximately 1.5 million homes and account for 40 percent of I&M’s power generation portfolio.
The Cook Plant received license extensions from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2005 that will allow the units to run until 2034 and 2037, respectively – an additional 20 years beyond their original operating licenses.
In February 2013, I&M received approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) for its Life Cycle Management (LCM) Project at the Cook Plant. This project will allow the plant to continue operating effectively during its 20-year operating license extension.
The MPSC granted I&M’s request for a certificate of necessity at the Cook Plant with respect to the LCM Project and the ability to recover associated costs. A similar request is under consideration in Indiana.
AEP operates 17 hydroelectric and pumped storage projects in five states.
AEP operates 17 hydroelectric and pumped storage projects in five states. These projects, which help reduce our carbon dioxide emissions, produce approximately 800,000 MWh of generation annually. Renewable energy provides another important form of diversification, and a number of state standards calling for it and providing incentives are driving part of the market. Learn more about AEP’s renewable energy portfolio. Energy efficiency and demand response programs round out what is needed for a balanced resource mix for the future.