What AEP Ohio is Doing to Restore Power

Jul 3, 2012 12:00 AM ET
Campaign: 2012 Storm

This is a holiday week, but not for AEP!  AEP Ohio linemen are working 16 hour days with an 8 hour break to get your power back on!  Shift work means we are working around the clock.  Our priority is getting electricity restored, but we must prioritize.  Hospitals and critical care customers were first, followed by lines with the most impact to getting customers restored.

This storm was a catestrophic event, but we were prepared.  We have enough supplies and equipment to make repairs.  One challenge for us is logistics.  We brought in thousands of linemen from all over - as far as Florida and Connecticut, but hotels are full.  We are working with a company that provided a temporary camp, so these hard working linemen and women have a place to shower and rest once their 16 hour shift is complete.

Once again, I thank you for your patience, I thank you for your kind words and encouragement, and AEP thanks you for the support.  If you are an AEP Ohio customer and need to report an outage, please click here.

AEP - American Electric Power
AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.

AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).