West Virginia Ranked in Top 10 for Affordability - U.S. News & World Report Best States, 2017 

The APCo WV Region

AEP operates as Appalachian Power Company (APCo) in West Virginia, serving almost 475,000 customers in its 9,200 square-mile service territory that spans 23 of West Virginia’s 55 counties. We offer a single, convenient source for prospective businesses to access the people and information needed to support your growth.

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Advantages of Doing Business in West Virginia

Location & Infrastructure

  • The state has an extensive waterway, railway, and highway system
  • Over half of the U.S. and Canadian populations can be reached within one day’s truck drive
  • Three major interstate highways (I-64, I-77, and I-79) converge in Charleston, offering direct access to markets nationwide and in Canada
  • A network of river terminals links West Virginia to ports on the Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico
  • The Port of Huntington/Tri-State is the nation’s largest inland port, handling more than 80 million tons of cargo annually
  • Rail service to major markets is available through 2,400 miles of freight railway lines


Business Climate

  • The cost of doing business in West Virginia is generally 14% lower than the U.S. average – Moody’s 2014
  • The state’s 4.5% increase in gross state product was the third-highest rate of growth of any U.S. state in 2011, with real GDP totaling $55.8 billion
  • West Virginia has not raised general business or consumer taxes in 18 years
  • Pro-growth tax reforms, including reducing the corporate net income tax rate to 6.5% and eliminating the business franchise tax
  • Closed its 2013 fiscal year with a surplus of roughly $90 million – the 8th year in a row with a surplus – without a tax increase
  • Overall Workers’ Compensation rates have declined significantly, by up to 60%, since the privatization of the system in 2006Text_Incentives_2
  • The state offers a variety of competitive incentives and grants

Workforce & Education

Pie Chart of West Virginia's Sectors of Employment

  • An educated and work-ready workforce with among the lowest turnover and highest productivity rates in the country
  • The Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program provides new and expanding businesses with technical and financial assistance to train, retrain, and upgrade the skills of their employees
  • Worker availability in key occupations:
Table of Workers (2015)
Jobs  Average Hourly Earnings
STEM 27,049  $29.35
Engineers 5,539  $39.96
Business 25,424  $26.39
Automotive Production 17,542  $15.62
Source: EMSI 2017.2

Electric Service

  • Appalachian Power in West Virginia offers the ability to provide special contract rates for very large electric load industrial customers, including interruptible rates
  • Industrial rates are 7% lower than the national average and 4% lower than the state average

Bar Chart APCo West Virginia Industrial Rates

  • APCo owns 7,407 MW of generating capacity
    • Coal: 65.5%
    • Natural Gas: 19.4%
    • Hydro, Wind, Solar & Pump: 15.1%
  • APCo operates 3,365 transmission miles and 21,787 distribution miles in West Virginia

The state of West Virginia has been recognized as a leading state in economic development.

  • #4 for Cost of Doing Business – CNBC Top States for Business, 2017
  • #10 for Affordability – U.S.News Best States, 2017
  • West Virginia exports two-thirds of the electricity it generates
  • Some of the largest international chemical companies in the world, including Dow, DuPont, and Bayer, have large manufacturing locations in the metro Charleston, West Virginia, area

Key customers include:

  • Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
  • Arch Coal, Inc.
  • Bayer Corporation
  • Columbia Energy Group
  • State of West Virginia
  • Steel Dynamics, Inc.
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing
  • West Virginia Manufacturing, LLC

The principal industries we support are:

  • Aviation and Aerospace
  • Chemical Production
  • Mining Industries
  • Plastics Industries
  • Primary Metals, Production, and Metal Fabrication
  • Shale Oil and Gas
  • Transportation


Heather Vanater

Heather Vanater

Manager of Economic and Business Development

Appalachian Power Company


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