Reliability and Conservation
We continue to seek opportunities to integrate conservation measures into our management approach to rights of way (ROW) for new and rebuilt transmission lines. This would involve addressing key ecological concerns while maintaining reliable transmission service. We are working with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) to develop a “conservation tool kit” that will provide a range of conservation options for ROW land management. The toolkit will provide AEP with options to incorporate environmentally beneficial conservation practices into our ROW management efforts that are both economical and protect reliability as we rebuild old lines and build new ones.
The Eagle Watch Nature Trail at our Flint Creek Plant in Arkansas is one example of our successful partnership with the WHC.
AEP has a long history of partnering with the WHC on a variety of projects, primarily involving our power plants. The Eagle Watch Nature Trail at our Flint Creek Plant in Arkansas is one example of our successful partnership with the WHC. AEP’s Real Estate Asset Management group also works with the WHC to enhance our ReCreation Lands – approximately 60,000 acres in southeast Ohio of reclaimed mine land. Among the stewardship initiatives we work on together are food plots and duck habitat.
As business needs and environmental focus have evolved, so has our approach to stewardship. By adopting a tool kit approach, we will be able to efficiently leverage resources and develop conservation options that are replicable from project to project. It will also support our work with stakeholders and landowners to facilitate discussions and solutions around construction and maintenance. In addition to the WHC, we have relationships with many other conservation and environmental organizations with whom we continue to collaborate.
Learn more about AEP’s environmental stewardship efforts.