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AEP: shale drilling drives up power sales

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Utica Shale has contributed to 30 percent increase in sales in 2014 Q1


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- American Electric Power says an influx of drilling activity in Ohio's Utica shale has driven up power sales.


Gigawatt-hour use for the Columbus-based utility’s industrial energy users grew 29.9 percent in 2014’s first-quarter compared with a year ago. In an earnings release issued earlier this month, the company also said that industrial sales in non-shale counties fell 0.4 percent.

AEP CFO Brian Tierney said that the company is seeing nationwide growth related to shale gas activity. In a statement accompanying the company's earnings release, Tierney wrote that eastern Ohio's Utica shale provided more than 40 percent of year-over-year growth. Texas' Permian shale basin also contributed to AEP's gains.

AEP has 5.3 million electric customers in 11 states, including about 1.5 million customers in Ohio.


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