8/12/2016
IMPROVING ELECTRICITY RELIABILITY IN ATHENS COUNTY

GAHANNA, Ohio, Aug. 12, 2016 -- AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), is working in Athens County to better serve customers and improve the reliability of its local electric grid.

            “The projects in our Athens service territory are a part of the work we do every year across Ohio to maintain and improve our system to provide unmatched service to our customers,” says Selwyn Dias, vice president of AEP Ohio distribution operations. “We strategically plan and prioritize our work to allow us to do our regular maintenance as well as expand our system to serve new customers and support economic development.”

            In all areas of Athens in 2016, work is either done, underway or being planned to ensure customers have dependable and safe electric service. Around the city, this work includes:

  • inspecting the lines and equipment that deliver power to customers;
  • adding lines to connect circuits to allow for quicker service restoration when outages happen;
  • replacing overhead lines;
  • replacing poles and other line equipment;
  • adding new circuits to serve new customers; and
  • trimming and clearing trees.

            Trees adjacent the company’s rights of way in the East State Street area of Athens, for example, have been causing power outages because of narrow easements along the lines. Work being done there will change this and improve service to area customers.

            “We are working with various property owners to widen some of our rights of way in east Athens to lessen the threat of outages caused by trees,” says Tim Seyfang, manager distribution system for AEP Ohio’s Athens District. “Widening the rights of way and removing trees that can contact lines will improve service to customers who have been plagued by outages from trees.”

            The Richland Avenue, Dairy Lane, Ohio University, Carriage Hill, State Route 32, U.S. 50, Old Pomeroy Road areas and near the post office are a few of the locations where customers have been seeing crews working to improve AEP Ohio’s electric system.

            The work is not limited to just the city of Athens. In other areas of the county, work is underway to replace poles and rebuild lines. This work will improve service for AEP Ohio’s Nelsonville, Buchtel, Chauncey, Carbondale and Millfield area customers.

            AEP Ohio expects to invest nearly $1.5 million and complete many of these projects by the end of 2016.

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                    AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of major AEP subsidiary Ohio Power Company in Ohio. AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at AEPOhio.com.

                    American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 223,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 31,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.

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