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John Glenn International Powers up with 100% Renewable Energy Sources Through AEP Energy

April 17th, 2020

COLUMBUS – John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) joins an elite group of leading U.S. airports in sourcing 100 percent of its energy supply from renewable sources, thanks to an innovative energy solution made possible in collaboration with Worthington Energy Consultants and provided by community partner AEP Energy.

“The nearly 24,000 passengers who travel daily through John Glenn International can feel good about the green energy powering their airport experience,” said Joe Nardone, President & CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. “With a new rental car facility opening in 2021, and with other airport developments in support of the growing Columbus Region, we appreciate our energy partners helping us move to 100 percent renewable energy.”

The Columbus Regional Airport Authority expects to save almost $13 million in energy costs at John Glenn International and Bolton Field, which is also covered by the fixed-rate agreement that was signed while the market was near all-time lows.

“We are thrilled to build upon our existing partnership with the Columbus Regional Airport Authority to support their mission and vision of connecting Ohio to the world in a sustainable way,” said Greg Hall, president, AEP Energy. “With our long-term, customized Integrated Renewable Energy solution, AEP Energy is able to power John Glenn Columbus International Airport and Bolton Field with clean, reliable and cost-effective energy.”

“This agreement is a sound energy choice for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority because it reduces their energy costs and significantly lessens John Glenn International and Bolton Field’s environmental impact,” said Craig Grant, CEO, Worthington Energy Consultants, Inc. “We are pleased to be their collaborative energy advisor and happy to have facilitated their transition to 100% renewable energy.”

Visit ColumbusAirports.com to learn about other environmental initiatives at John Glenn International, such as becoming the first airport to install runway LED High Intensity Edge Lighting, converting shuttle buses to propane autogas, upgrading airport gates with emission- reducing aircraft servicing equipment, and offsetting power required for free Wi-Fi and more than 2,000 power outlets through the utilization of roof-top solar panels.

For more information about the renewable energy agreement between the Columbus Regional Airport Authority and AEP Energy, contact Connie Tracy, Sr. Communications Specialist with the authority.

Columbus Regional Airport Authority

With its vision to connect Ohio with the world, the Columbus Regional Airport Authority oversees the strategic management and operation of passenger-focused John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH), cargo-focused Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK)* and general aviation airport Bolton Field (TZR). An independent economic impact study found that the three airports and business segments operated by the Columbus Regional Airport Authority generate nearly 59,000 jobs, $3.1 billion in annual payroll and $12.9 billion in total annual economic output. Learn more at ColumbusAirports.com.

*Rickenbacker International Airport is excluded from the AEP Energy agreement since it is serviced by another power company.

AEP Energy

AEP Energy, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), is a certified competitive retail electricity and natural gas supply provider operating in 28 service territories in six states and Washington, D.C. AEP Energy supplies electricity and natural gas solutions for more than 450,000 residential and business customers and takes pride in making it easy for customers to buy, manage and use energy. Based in Columbus, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois, AEP Energy is committed to excellence by serving customers with value, innovation and many years of industry experience.