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Providing America’s Power

Event Date:  Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The University of Charleston will host a series of five prominent figures in the energy business during the spring semester in a series titled, “Energy: Who’s Got the Power?

Nick Akins, president and CEO of American Electric Power (AEP).  A native of Louisiana, Akins received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La.  He joined AEP in 1982 as an electrical engineer before moving up to positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to being elected president of AEP in December 2010, he served as executive vice president - generation from 2006 through 2010

While leading the generation business unit, Akins oversaw development of the world’s first fully-integrated carbon capture and storage validation project at AEP’s Mountaineer Plant in West Virginia, and construction of the nation’s only ultra-supercritical pulverized coal plant in southwest Arkansas. The John W. Turk Plant, which is nearly complete, will be the most efficient coal plant in the country and the only use of this technology in the United States.

Event begins at 6:30 p.m. in Geary Auditorium, free and open to the public.

Since 2001, the Dow Chemical Foundation has been the major sponsor for UC Speaker Series events.

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