American Electric Power Announces Creation of New Organization

June 25, 2000 by Jeff Shepard

American Electric Power (AEP, Columbus, Ohio) has announced the creation of a new organization that will allow the company to take a leadership role in the development and commercialization of new and emerging renewable energy options and power generation technologies.Martin L. Mearhoff has been named vice president of renewable energy and advanced technologies. He will be reporting to John F. Norris, senior vice president, operations and technical services. Reporting to Mearhoff will be Mario Marrocco as director, renewable energy and advanced power systems, and Bob Gellenbeck as director, advanced environmental controls.Marrocco's organization will assess the technical feasibility and commercial viability of new and emerging renewable energy technologies including solar, wind, biomass and landfill gas, as well as distributed generation options such as fuel cells and microturbines. The group will evaluate and structure AEP's involvements in developing and commercializing the technologies in the energy marketplace. The group will also provide green energy solutions to the needs of institutional, commercial and industrial customers.