GAHANNA, Ohio, Dec. 14, 2016 – AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), is working to improve its electric grid in Chillicothe and Ross County. This work includes a new substation that will serve the majority of Chillicothe beginning this month.
To put the new station in service, it is necessary to inconvenience some area customers with brief power outages. The outages are needed to allow crews to safely transfer these customers’ service to the new station. The first outage will be as follows and will affect about 6,300 customers.
WHAT: Power outage in Chillicothe to put new substation equipment in service
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at approximately 5 a.m. for about 5 minutes
WHERE: Southern half of Chillicothe and outlying southern areas, including:
- all of downtown Chillicothe;
- all of East Main Street;
- Western Avenue west to Woodbridge Avenue;
- Bridge Street south of the Scioto River to Lunbeck Road;
- University Heights area including Ohio University Chillicothe;
- Charleston Pike east to Schrader Road;
- areas southeast of the city, including Liberty Hill, Trego Creek, State Route 772,
Alum Cliff and Plyles Lane; and
- area around Glatfelter.
The time and date still are being planned for the second outage, which will allow AEP Ohio to transfer the remaining group of 2,500 customers to the new station. Affected customers for whom the company has current phone numbers will receive a recorded phone message about the outage that affects them.
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AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers. 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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