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We have begun to focus intently on specific issues that our public policy stakeholders have repeatedly said are most important to them, including energy efficiency, global climate change, the cost of electricity and conservation. These are high priorities for us as well.

We agree that energy efficiency is an important tool that can delay the construction of new power plants. We work with state-based collaboratives of utilities, regulators, environmental and community gropus and customers to identify and develop energy efficiency programs in Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky and Texas. In all of our jurisdictions where we are implementing energy efficiency, we have programs designed specifically to target low-income customers. In some programs, we partner with local weatherization agencies that are trained to provide education and energy efficiency resources directly to customers. AEP Ohio, for example, distributed approximately 20,000 energy efficiency kits this way.

We are creating an external Energy Efficiency Advisory Council of experts from manufacturing, trade groups, home builders, government, nongovernment agencies and others willing to work with us to address this issue. We will report on our progress.

Our operating companies are addressing some of these issues directly. For example, Indiana Michigan Power partnered with 10 Michigan utility companies to create Efficiency United to develop energy conservation programs for residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Faced with nearly 20 percent unemployment, one of the highest rates in the state of Virginia, the community of Southside was the focus of a stakeholder meeting hosted by Appalachian Power Co. We brought together community-based assistance organizations to determine how we could best connect people in need with resources that could help them. Although concern about electricity rates and residents' inability to pay their bills was central, the discussion also revealed that residents needed more information about available financial assistance. Appalachian Power also increased its contribution to the Neighbor Helping Neighbor fund for Virginia from $100,000 to $500,000.

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