AEP Ohio is all in on Smart Colum­bus

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Melissa Kossler Dut­ton

Julie Sloat was re­cently pro­moted to se­nior vice pres­i­dent of trea­sury and risk at AEP.

Lo­cal busi­nesses have pow­ered Colum­bus’ ef­forts since the city en­tered the $50 mil­lion Smart City Chal­lenge. Now, as the re­gion im­ple­ments its transportation and lo­gis­tics goals as part of its vic­tory in that na­tional con­test, one lo­cal com­pany is build­ing the foun­da­tion with a ma­jor in­vest­ment of dol­lars and re­sources.

AEP Ohio has part­nered with the city to mod­ern­ize the transportation net­work and re­duce car­bon emis­sions in both the transportation and elec­tric power sec­tors. The util­ity has com­mit­ted $185 mil­lion to the project — the big­gest con­tri­bu­tion from any pub­lic or pri­vate part­ner in the Smart Colum­bus ini­tia­tive.

Com­mit­ting to the Smart City ini­tia­tive made per­fect sense for the util­ity com­pany, which had al­ready be­gun work­ing on “mod­ern­iza­tion ac­tiv­i­ties” that meshed with the re­gion’s goals, said Julie Sloat, who over­saw the ef­fort as AEP Ohio’s pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer un­til her re­cent pro­mo­tion to se­nior vice pres­i­dent of trea­sury and risk at cor­po­rate par­ent AEP.

“It was just the per­fect tim­ing to go ahead and move for­ward with this,

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