Bill Randle Named Managing Director of Datapult, LP

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Electric Power

    COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- AEP Communications, LLC, a wholly
 owned subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE:   AEP), announced the recent
 appointment of energy industry veteran William A. (Bill) Randle as managing
 director of Datapult, LP, an energy information, data collection and
 processing organization.
     Datapult products and services deliver meaningful and accurate usage
 information to help businesses track and manage energy consumption. As
 managing director, Randle will be responsible for managing all aspects of the
 organization's day-to-day operations.
     Randle became managing director of the energy information services
 portfolio for AEP Communications, LLC in 1998.  He was responsible for
 developing the business plan and the successful launch of the Datapult
 portfolio of products and services. Before moving to AEP Communications,
 Randle was the director of Measurements and Customer Support Systems within
 American Electric Power's Energy Delivery Support group and has more than
 21 years of experience in the electric utility industry.  Randle has held
 numerous assignments of increasing responsibility within the AEP organization.
     "I am extremely excited about the our team and the opportunity I have to
 lead Datapult in establishing itself as a leader in the emerging energy
 information business," said Randle.
     Datapult was formed from divisions of AEP Communications and C3
 Communications following last year's completion of a merger of their parent
 companies, American Electric Power and Central and South West Corporation.
     According to Randle, the Datapult business was organized into a limited
 partnership last year to better blend the assets of the two companies. The
 merger has resulted in the addition of meter data and settlement services from
 C3 Communications' utility automation unit.
     "We think this new business structure will help increase the
 organization's ability to focus energy and resources on the needs of our
 customers and the marketplace as a whole," said Randle.  "A single identity
 will help us take advantage of numerous opportunities that exist in the energy
 information services market allowing us to become one of the nation's premier
 providers of those specialized services."
     "Datapult is a valuable part of AEP Communications' overall portfolio of
 products and services," said Peter R. Thomas, vice president of AEP
 Communications. "However, with the new business structure, Datapult is now
 positioned to take advantage of opportunities that will more fully meet the
 needs of our energy information customers. This is a winning proposition for
 AEP Communications, Datapult, and Datapult's new and existing clients."
     Datapult has improved some of its existing products and services and added
 few new ones. Datapult services include:
     Datapult(SM) Data Mining.  Provides users with powerful tools to quickly
 sort through vast amounts of data and identify opportunities, receive
 notifications of critical events and gain knowledge of facility operations.
     Datapult(SM) Utility Payment.  Focuses on improving bottom line results by
 reducing costs and simplifying utility accounts payable.
     Datapult(SM) Utility Allocation.  Enables fair apportioning for shared
 utilities among multiple tenants with accurate usage monitoring.
     Datapult(SM) Utility Audit.  Determines if users are being fairly charged
 for their utility services.
     Datapult(SM) Meter Data Management and Settlement. Meter data and
 settlement services provide energy suppliers revenue quality data to support
 settlement of energy purchased.  Interval meter data is provided for utility
 and Energy Service Provider (ESP) customers. The same data can also produce
 the records necessary for ESPs to settle accounts with regulatory authorities.
     Datapult services are available directly through Datapult, LP or through
 one of Datapult's Value Added Resellers with whom Datapult has formed
 strategic business alliances.  "This two-prong strategy will allow for greater
 market penetration while creating superior customer service by providing the
 services through multiple outlets," said Randle.
     Datapult is a wholly owned subsidiary of AEP and is organized under AEP
 Communications.  As an energy information, data collection and processing
 company, Datapult, LP markets a portfolio of products under the Datapult(SM)
 name. Datapult's portfolio of products and services deliver meaningful,
 accurate information about energy use to commercial, industrial and energy
 supply customers throughout North America helping them save time and money by
 reducing energy, maintenance and administrative costs and assisting them to
 make energy purchasing decisions. Datapult is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio,
 with a regional and operations center in Austin, Texas, and a product
 development center in Roanoke, Va.
     American Electric Power is a multinational energy company based in
 Columbus, Ohio.  AEP owns and operates more than 38,000 megawatts of
 generating capacity, making it one of America's largest generators of
 electricity.  The company is also a leading wholesale energy marketer and
 trader, ranking second in the U.S. in electricity volume.  AEP provides retail
 electricity to more than 9 million customers worldwide and has more than
 $55 billion in assets, primarily in the U.S. with holdings in select
 international markets.  Wholly owned subsidiaries are involved in power
 engineering and construction services, energy management and
 telecommunications.
     Visit http://www.datapult.com for more information on Datapult.
 
 

SOURCE American Electric Power
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- AEP Communications, LLC, a wholly
 owned subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE:   AEP), announced the recent
 appointment of energy industry veteran William A. (Bill) Randle as managing
 director of Datapult, LP, an energy information, data collection and
 processing organization.
     Datapult products and services deliver meaningful and accurate usage
 information to help businesses track and manage energy consumption. As
 managing director, Randle will be responsible for managing all aspects of the
 organization's day-to-day operations.
     Randle became managing director of the energy information services
 portfolio for AEP Communications, LLC in 1998.  He was responsible for
 developing the business plan and the successful launch of the Datapult
 portfolio of products and services. Before moving to AEP Communications,
 Randle was the director of Measurements and Customer Support Systems within
 American Electric Power's Energy Delivery Support group and has more than
 21 years of experience in the electric utility industry.  Randle has held
 numerous assignments of increasing responsibility within the AEP organization.
     "I am extremely excited about the our team and the opportunity I have to
 lead Datapult in establishing itself as a leader in the emerging energy
 information business," said Randle.
     Datapult was formed from divisions of AEP Communications and C3
 Communications following last year's completion of a merger of their parent
 companies, American Electric Power and Central and South West Corporation.
     According to Randle, the Datapult business was organized into a limited
 partnership last year to better blend the assets of the two companies. The
 merger has resulted in the addition of meter data and settlement services from
 C3 Communications' utility automation unit.
     "We think this new business structure will help increase the
 organization's ability to focus energy and resources on the needs of our
 customers and the marketplace as a whole," said Randle.  "A single identity
 will help us take advantage of numerous opportunities that exist in the energy
 information services market allowing us to become one of the nation's premier
 providers of those specialized services."
     "Datapult is a valuable part of AEP Communications' overall portfolio of
 products and services," said Peter R. Thomas, vice president of AEP
 Communications. "However, with the new business structure, Datapult is now
 positioned to take advantage of opportunities that will more fully meet the
 needs of our energy information customers. This is a winning proposition for
 AEP Communications, Datapult, and Datapult's new and existing clients."
     Datapult has improved some of its existing products and services and added
 few new ones. Datapult services include:
     Datapult(SM) Data Mining.  Provides users with powerful tools to quickly
 sort through vast amounts of data and identify opportunities, receive
 notifications of critical events and gain knowledge of facility operations.
     Datapult(SM) Utility Payment.  Focuses on improving bottom line results by
 reducing costs and simplifying utility accounts payable.
     Datapult(SM) Utility Allocation.  Enables fair apportioning for shared
 utilities among multiple tenants with accurate usage monitoring.
     Datapult(SM) Utility Audit.  Determines if users are being fairly charged
 for their utility services.
     Datapult(SM) Meter Data Management and Settlement. Meter data and
 settlement services provide energy suppliers revenue quality data to support
 settlement of energy purchased.  Interval meter data is provided for utility
 and Energy Service Provider (ESP) customers. The same data can also produce
 the records necessary for ESPs to settle accounts with regulatory authorities.
     Datapult services are available directly through Datapult, LP or through
 one of Datapult's Value Added Resellers with whom Datapult has formed
 strategic business alliances.  "This two-prong strategy will allow for greater
 market penetration while creating superior customer service by providing the
 services through multiple outlets," said Randle.
     Datapult is a wholly owned subsidiary of AEP and is organized under AEP
 Communications.  As an energy information, data collection and processing
 company, Datapult, LP markets a portfolio of products under the Datapult(SM)
 name. Datapult's portfolio of products and services deliver meaningful,
 accurate information about energy use to commercial, industrial and energy
 supply customers throughout North America helping them save time and money by
 reducing energy, maintenance and administrative costs and assisting them to
 make energy purchasing decisions. Datapult is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio,
 with a regional and operations center in Austin, Texas, and a product
 development center in Roanoke, Va.
     American Electric Power is a multinational energy company based in
 Columbus, Ohio.  AEP owns and operates more than 38,000 megawatts of
 generating capacity, making it one of America's largest generators of
 electricity.  The company is also a leading wholesale energy marketer and
 trader, ranking second in the U.S. in electricity volume.  AEP provides retail
 electricity to more than 9 million customers worldwide and has more than
 $55 billion in assets, primarily in the U.S. with holdings in select
 international markets.  Wholly owned subsidiaries are involved in power
 engineering and construction services, energy management and
 telecommunications.
     Visit http://www.datapult.com for more information on Datapult.
 
 SOURCE  American Electric Power