AEP is one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., serving nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states.

They own:

  • A more than 40,000-mile electricity transmission network – the largest in the nation.
  • More 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.
  • Approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity.

AEP has two locations in Mason County, WV.

AEP Mountaineer Plant

The Mountaineer Power Plant is a major coal-fired power plant outside New Haven, West

Virginia, USA. Owned by American Electric Power, it has one of the tallest chimneys in the world at 336 meters.

Address: WV-62, Letart, WV 25253

Primary fuel: Bituminous coal

Units operational: 1

Commission date: September 1980

The AEP Mountaineer Plant is what is known as a 1300 megawatt plant.

This single boiler, dual turbine plant produces enough energy to power a city approximately the size of Columbus, Ohio.

The location of the plant is routinely given as New Haven, West Virginia, yet sits just outside the town limits. The plant actually sits on land that was originally known as Graham Station. The next-door Phillip Sporn AEP plant and the Mountaineer Plant seem to cover most of the land of the former Graham Station, thus Graham Station is seldom used as a locale.

AEP Phillip Sporn Plant

Sporn Plant began operation in the post-World War II years, during a time of increasing demand for electricity. Located along the Ohio River near New Haven, the coal-fired plant was named after the president of AEP from 1947-61. He was instrumental in AEP becoming a major electric utility enterprise.

Address: WV-62, Letart, WV 25253 – next to the Mountaineer Plant

Primary fuel: Bituminous coal

Units operational: 5

Commission date: 1949

Sporn Plant was comprised of five units. Unit 1 began operation in 1949 with commercial operation in 1950. Unit 2 also began operation in 1950. The third unit began service in 1951 and the fourth unit came on line one year later. Unit 5 began operating in 1960. Each of the first four units generated 150,000 kilowatts of electricity, while Unit 5 generated 450,000 kilowatts.

In 1950, Sporn was the first power plant in the world to have a heat rate below 10,000 Btus per kWh of generation.

NEW HAVEN, W.Va. For 65 years, AEP’s Philip Sporn Plant provided low-cost energy for thousands of homes, businesses, schools and industries.

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Compared to the United States average of 0.9%, Mason County’s average of Utility employment is at 6.4% according to these stats.