Appalachian Power makes job announcements for its hydro operations

Appalachian Power makes job announcements for its hydro operations

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Appalachian Power is making two personnel changes that impact operations at its Smith Mountain Pumped Storage Project and other hydroelectric generating facilities in Virginia.

Appalachian Power is part of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP).

Bradley R. Jones, manager of the Glen Lyn Power Plant in Giles County, Va., has replaced Frank M. Simms who retired July 31 as manager of hydro operations for American Electric Power (AEP) and Appalachian Power.

Named to lead the company’s Shoreline Management team at Smith Mountain Project is Neil Holthouser, currently director of planning and community development for Franklin County, Va.

The announcements were made by Jeff LaFleur, Appalachian’s vice president of generation assets.

Jones will oversee Appalachian’s hydroelectric projects in Virginia and West Virginia as well as all other hydro generation throughout the AEP system. He will continue to oversee the Glen Lyn plant retirement while he takes on the hydro leadership. Glen Lyn officially ceased generation May 31 as part of the company’s compliance with federal environmental requirements.

In late August, Holthouser will join Appalachian Power as the administrator of the company’s Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) at the Smith Mountain Project. He replaces Patricia Dade, who left in July to pursue outside business interests.

The SMP is the guiding document of appropriate shoreline use for protecting the lakes and for the company’s primary function of providing reliable electricity at the Smith Mountain Project. It guides the management of natural resources, land use, license requirements, development and the environment.  Holthouser and his team will be the company’s primary contact with property owners and contractors for construction and other shoreline work within the project’s boundaries.

Jones and Holthouser will have offices in Roanoke.

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