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ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDING
FILE NO. 3-11616

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Before the
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
October 6, 2004


In the Matter of

AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY, INC.



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SCHEDULING ORDER

On August 30, 2004, the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) ordered a hearing on remand from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia1 for the purpose of determining whether the American Electric Power Company, Inc. (AEP), and Central and South West Corporation (CSW) systems are interconnected and operate in the same area or region, and hence satisfy the requirements of Sections 10(c)(1) and 11(b)(1) of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, as amended (Holding Co. Act), 15 U.S.C. 79a, et seq.2 On October 4, 2004, a telephonic prehearing conference was held at which the parties agreed to a scheduling order for this matter.

Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Rule 222(a) of the Commission's Rules of Practice, that AEP shall submit, by November 15, 2004, an outline or narrative summary of its case supporting its application for approval of the acquisition of CSW, including the nature of the evidence and the legal theories upon which it will rely;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, pursuant to Rule 222(a) of the Commission's Rules of Practice, that each other party shall submit, by November 30, 2004, a statement of its position on AEP's application, and an outline or narrative summary of the evidence and legal theories upon which it will rely to support its position;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, by December 3, 2004, each party shall submit its list of witnesses, copies and a list of documents it intends to introduce at the hearing, and the information required by Rule 222(b) of the Commission's Rules of Practice with regard to any person that party intends to call as an expert witness at the hearing;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that any person seeking leave to participate may do so, pursuant to Rule 210 of the Commission's Rules of Practice, by December 3, 2004;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, by December 7, 2004, AEP shall submit written direct testimony of all its witnesses;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, on December 10, 2004, an informal technical conference will be held in the Commission's Headquarters Offices, 450 Fifth Street, Room 1C50, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20549;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, by December 15, 2004, each other party shall submit the written direct testimony of all its witnesses;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, by December 17, 2004, each party shall submit a statement identifying each of the witnesses of any other party that party intends to cross-examine;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a prehearing conference, for the purposes specified in Rule 221 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and for any other appropriate purpose, shall be held commencing at 9:00 a.m. EST, on January 5, 2005, in the Commission's Headquarters Offices, 450 Fifth Street, Room 1C50, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20549;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a hearing in this matter will commence on January 10, 2005, at a location and time to be set in a future order;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, by February 21, 2005, each party shall file proposed findings and conclusions and supporting briefs, pursuant to Rule 340 of the Commission's Rules of Practice; and

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that each party may file a reply brief by March 7, 2005.


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Robert G. Mahony
Administrative Law Judge


Endnotes


http://www.sec.gov/divisions/investment/opur/filing/3-11616-5.htm

Modified: 10/12/2004