Below are the most recent news releases across our service territory.
GAHANNA, Ohio, Feb. 1, 2017 - AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), today received approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to implement its gridSMART Phase 2 Plan. The plan includes the installation of 894,000 smart meters in 31 communities throughout Ohio over the next four years.
GAHANNA, Ohio, Jan. 31, 2017 - AEP Ohio customers now have access to a new, interactive map that provides real-time information about power outages.
As of 2:30 p.m. today the number of Laredo area residents still without power totaled approximately 415. This number compares with the approximately 21,600 customers at one point following the storm that rolled through the Laredo area around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night. By midnight, that number had been reduced to 14,640. As of 8:30 a.m. this morning, the number of customers without power had decreased to approximately 2,700.
AEP Texas will continue to restore power to the customers still without power. Restoration of service to customers in some parts of Laredo could take until 11:30 p.m. this evening. The reason is that many of the outages, particularly in the Del Mar and other areas involve downed power lines in areas where bucket trucks do not have access. This means that crews have to resort to climbing poles in order to make repairs. There also has been an extensive amount of tree limbs and branches that have to be removed as a result of the storm.
Restoration of service to customers outside of Laredo is anticipated to be complete by around 4:30 p.m., if not sooner.
Customers can monitor progress on the AEP Texas outage map at http://outagemap.aeptexas.com.s3.amazonaws.com/external/default.html. Customers also can sign up for outage alerts to receive updates on outages.
AEP Texas crews continue efforts to restore electric service in the aftermath of the storm that rolled through the Laredo area around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night. At one point, approximately 21,600 customers lost power. By midnight, that number had been reduced to 14,640. As of 8:30 a.m. this morning, the number of customers without power had decreased to approximately 2,700.
AEP Texas estimates that electric service will be restored to most of those customers still without power by this afternoon, if not sooner. In some cases, utility poles and power lines knocked down by high winds will have to be repaired or replaced. In other cases, many circuit breakers tripped by extensive lightening will have to be reset.
AEP Texas will post more information regarding the restoration effort as it becomes known. In the meantime, customers can monitor progress on the AEP Texas outage map at http://outagemap.aeptexas.com.s3.amazonaws.com/external/default.html. Customers also can sign up for outage alerts to receive updates on outages.
Appalachian Power reminds residents and property owners at Smith Mountain and Leesville lakes that dredging and excavation are prohibited between February 15 and June 15 every year and are now in effect. The restriction on the underwater work coincides with fish spawning season.
Appalachian Power has named two long-time employees to new positions as directors. Scott Chambers has been named director of distribution risk and project management, while Jim Fawcett has been named customer services and business development director.
Indiana Michigan Power
Kentucky Power customers now have access to a new, interactive map that provides more detailed information about power outages. Kentucky Power's new outage mapping tool makes it easier for customers to search for or report a power outage at www.kentuckypower.com.
Kentucky Power is joining forces with more than 20 gas and electric utility companies across the United States and Canada to protect customers from long-running scams.These utilities have designated November 16 as "Utilities United Against Scams Day." Kentucky Power and other utilities are exposing the tricks scammers use to steal money from customers.
Southwestern Electric Power Company
AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), today submitted a request to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) to increase the company's Texas rates by approximately $69 million annually. If approved, new rates could go into effect in mid-to-late 2017.
Electrical safety is especially important during the holiday season due to decorative lights draped through trees and around homes.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma