Award-Winning Site Selection
Award-Winning Site Selection

The AEP economic development team ranks among Site Selection Magazine’s Top Utilities again in 2021. Learn more


As the amount of data society uses keeps growing, so has the infrastructure needed to manage it: namely, data centers.

These mission critical facilities require meticulous location selection, and AEP knows the timing and accuracy of information provided by economic developers and utility professionals is essential. To streamline these processes, we provide comprehensive business development services and sites that have passed rigorous independent qualification.

Our technical expertise allows us to:

  • Work with data center engineers and consultants to refine the search quickly
  • Streamline the process to provide electric infrastructure availability information
  • Provide suitable sites that meet specific energy requirements to help you shorten the time to market and reduce risk and expenses

“The advice I’d give anyone trying to open a data center is to really work closely with the utility, understand what their rate structure is, and find somebody who wants to work with you,” said Lisa Barton, EVP of transmission at AEP. “Our economic development team, along with our operating companies, are all focused on making sure that customer experience is a positive experience.”

Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company, an independent consulting firm specializing in location economics, worked with AEP on the company’s data center site qualification program.

“The uniqueness of the AEP program is that it offers data center users a wide range of geographic choice, type of site and speed to market while prequalifying each site as having had all the basic characteristics that a data center user needs,” said Tracey Bosman, managing director at BLS & Co. “AEP absolutely should be considered by companies looking to site new data center facilities.”

  • Data Centers