4/21/2003

AEP schedules live webcast of company´s annual meeting.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 21, 2003 - American Electric Power NYSE: AEP) will provide a live webcast of its annual meeting of shareholders, which begins at 9:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday, April 23.

The webcast, which will provide both audio and video from the meeting, will be available at http://www.aep.com/investors/webcasts/.

Minimum requirements for the webcast are: Windows Media Player software, available free from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/EN/default.asp, and a 56 Kbps connection to the Internet, although a higher-speed connection is recommended.

The annual meeting comments by E. Linn Draper Jr., AEP’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, will be archived and be available for viewing at AEP’s web site after the meeting.

American Electric Power owns and operates more than 42,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the United States and select international markets and is the largest electricity generator in the U.S. AEP is also one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, with almost 5 million customers linked to AEP’s 11-state electricity transmission and distribution grid. The company is based in Columbus, Ohio.

Pat D. Hemlepp
Director, Corporate Media Relations
American Electric Power
614/223-1620