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Bexley Improvements

We’ve taken a number of steps to improve the reliability of your service to make sure it meets your standards and ours. In the short-term, we’ve tackled additional tree-related issues since they are the number one cause of power outages in your community. We’re also refining our long-term plan that will improve your electric service and minimize the risk of tree-related power outages.

Bexley is known for its beautiful landscape. We love it too. We look forward to working together to maintain that landscape, while also improving the reliability of your electric service.

Here’s what’s happening:


Summer 2020

Equipment Replacement: After completing inspections of our equipment, lineworkers repaired or replaced cutouts, arresters, crossarms, transformers and insulators.

Forestry: In Spring 2020 we trimmed back and cleared trees within our right-of-way that posed a threat to your electric service. At the beginning of June, we conducted another round of inspections with the Bexley City Arborist to identify additional trees that could interfere with your electric service. Approximately 20 trees in the most dense areas were removed. To provide plenty of line clearance, more trimming took place to lift the overhang from some trees beyond what was previously done. As always, the goal was to prevent longer and unpredictable future outages by keeping hazardous trees away from our power lines and other equipment.

Winter 2020

In December, we installed new smart grid technology on the Bexley circuit. It’s designed to detect an outage and automatically reroute power away from the problem — minimizing the number of people impacted within minutes.

More Information

DACR, short for Distribution Automation Circuit Reconfiguration, is a technology that automatically detects faults in lines and reconfigures the circuit to quickly restore the electricity in other sections of the affected circuit. AEP Ohio can monitor for potential electrical faults and isolate portions of its network when a fault occurs, strategically rerouting electric loads to available circuits to maintain energy delivery to the majority of customers. This allows AEP Ohio to reduce the number of homes impacted by a power outage, and minimizes the number of people impacted within minutes.

DACR control systems receive near real-time information about the status of switches on the circuits. When a fault occurs, the control system automatically operates the switches to safely isolate the problem area and minimize the number of customers impacted by the power outage.

Customers experience improved reliability and quicker outage identification and restoration times. DACR means:

  • The system automatically detects faulted sections without customers having to notify AEP Ohio.
  • Power is rerouted to minimize or avoid a customer’s outage.

There are 5 circuits that received DACR in Bexley, benefiting more than 8,000 customers.

Construction on the Bexley power lines began in August, and went live in December 2020.

Long Term

Our engineers are also exploring additional options in targeted areas to improve electric service, including special power lines built to better withstand falling tree limbs and potentially moving some overhead cable underground. We’re working closely with city officials on our plans and will keep you informed on what you can expect and when.

Our engineers are also exploring additional options in targeted areas to improve electric service, including special power lines built to better withstand falling tree limbs and potentially moving some overhead cable underground. We’re working closely with city officials on our plans and will keep you informed on what you can expect and when.

FAQs

The majority of power outages in the Bexley area have been caused by trees. Last year we trimmed and cleared trees within our right-of-way, but we’re going to inspect the line again to identify any other potentially hazardous trees. Some of these trees fall outside of our established boundaries to trim, so we’ll need to work with you to obtain permission to take the extra steps we need to prevent future outages in your community.

Last spring we trimmed back and cleared trees within our right-of-way that posed a threat to your electric service. This work was part of our comprehensive tree maintenance work that takes place every four years.

Fallen trees and branches are one of the most common causes of power outages. Just one tree limb can knock out power to hundreds or even thousands of customers. Interfering limbs can also slow down our crews working to get the power back on following an outage.

We added a new technology called Distribution Automation Circuit Reconfiguration (DACR) to the electric grid in Bexley in December 2020. It helps us detect power outages and automatically reroutes electricity away from problems, like downed lines, to keep power on for more people.

An AEP Ohio forestry representative will notify you with details of the work to be performed on your property. If we identify hazardous trees outside of our established boundaries to trim, we’ll work with you to obtain permission to take the extra steps needed to help prevent future outages.

Yes, that’s our goal. We’re committed to improving your electric service and won’t stop until we find the best solution for the Bexley community.

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