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Avian Power Line Interaction Committee Celebrates 25th Anniversary

​Washington, D.C. (June 17, 2014) – The Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC) is celebrating 25 years of protecting avian resources while, at the same time, enhancing electric reliability.

APLIC was originally formed in 1989 to address whooping crane collisions with power lines. Since that time, APLIC has broadened its focus to develop practical and effective solutions to avian issues associated with power lines, including avian regulations and permits, avian interactions with electrical systems, and nest management and protection.

“For 25 years, APLIC has been the leader in addressing avian issues in the electric power industry, and continues to make significant contributions to improve the protection of birds,” said Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn. “I commend all of APLIC’s members who have accomplished so much over the past 25 years, and I know the committee’s efforts will continue to make a difference well into the future.”

Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI) is hosting APLIC’s 25th Anniversary Celebration today at its Edison Place Gallery in Washington. In addition to Kuhn, speakers during the event will include Pepco Holdings, Inc. Executive Vice President Dave Velazquez, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, APLIC Chair Sherry Liguori, and Get to Know Director Mary Krupa-Clark.

“Pepco Holdings is a proud member of the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee," said David M. Velazquez, PHI executive vice president, power delivery. “We are deeply committed to being responsible environmental stewards and protecting birds, while providing reliable power for our customers. Bird protection is a very important part of our daily business activities and our commitment to wildlife protection.”

APLIC members include EEI, the Electric Power Research Institute, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Rural Utilities Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and more than 50 U.S. and Canadian electric utilities.


APLIC membership includes more than 50 electric utilities, as well as the Edison Electric Institute, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Electric Power Research Institute, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and Rural Utilities Service. APLIC has developed guidance documents identifying causes and minimization methods for avian electrocutions and collisions, and released national Avian Protection Plan Guidelines in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2005. 
Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM) is one of the largest energy delivery companies in the Mid-Atlantic region, serving about 2 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and New Jersey. PHI subsidiaries Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric provide regulated electricity service; Delmarva Power also provides natural gas service. PHI also provides energy efficiency and renewable energy services through Pepco Energy Services.


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