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Supporting Communities in Transition

The transition to clean energy affects people who live near and work at AEP coal plants. We seek inclusive, collaborative partnerships to ensure our communities are resilient and strong, with opportunities for growth, new jobs and economic diversification. Together, our work benefits families, business owners and the community in general.

Why Get Involved

The plant closing will change job and business opportunities in our community. It also could affect how schools and other public services are funded. Your voice counts as decisions are made about the community’s future.

How to Participate

Bring your ideas and be part of the movement to create opportunities for everyone in our community. Whether job training and placement, entrepreneurship, K-12 education or other community issues, share your concerns and join your neighbors in helping to find solutions: communitytransition@aep.com

Working Together

A collaboration between the community and AEP, the Community Transition Taskforce in Hallsville, Texas is among the first of its kind in the energy industry. The Taskforce was formed to identify priorities and develop an action plan for communities affected by the closure of the Pirkey Plant. It will serve as a model to support coal plant communities as AEP prepares to retire several additional plants by 2030. This partnership demonstrates the power of community to secure a just transition to clean energy.

U.S. coal consumption 2008-2020

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In making the difficult decision to close them, AEP balanced each plant's remaining life and economic viability with options to deliver power that benefits our environment while providing reliable and affordable energy to our community.

For generations, power workers helped America achieve and maintain its status as a global industrial power. Their work created unprecedented growth and prosperity in communities across the country. This legacy drives us to transition not only the local economy but also the workforce, in collaboration with AEP which remains deeply committed to our community.

While it helps create a transition plan for economic diversification, AEP does not lead the taskforce. The taskforce welcomes everyone to work together to proactively transform our community's future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Each community taskforce is facilitated by an independent organization that helps communities impacted by coal plant closures. The Just Transition Fund – the group that helped to facilitate the taskforce for the Pirkey Plant in Hallsville, Texas – is an independent nonprofit organization that supports coal communities in making the economic transition from coal. They are funded by these charitable foundations.

The taskforce is made up of volunteers who represent local leaders, K-12 schools, colleges and technical schools, chambers of commerce, economic development teams, Councils of Government and religious leaders among others. The taskforce includes a broad spectrum of members including underrepresented communities. While the taskforce extends membership invitations to ensure diversity and points of view, everyone is invited to join the conversation. Community meetings are public.

AEP provides the taskforce with information about employees, the plant and answers community questions. AEP's regional electric utility is a member of the taskforce but does not lead it. The community's economic growth helps AEP's long-term business goals. And AEP's economic development team has played a pivotal role in recruiting businesses to our communities for generations, so it will continue to contribute its expertise and resources. It is not AEP's role to dictate what that plan should be.

The Taskforce for your community will provide the date and time of its next meeting on this website. Select your community to see the date of the next meeting.

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Planned Closures

We own or operate approximately 60 generating stations, with a combined capacity of approx. 30,000 megawatts — enough energy to power approximately 26 million customers.

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Research & Insights

Here's how communities around the country are planning for plant closures and what we can learn from them.

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