1/29/2018
AEP OHIO CREWS HELP POWER PUERTO RICO

GAHANNA, Ohio, Jan. 29, 2018 — AEP Ohio sent 14 line workers to Puerto Rico over the weekend to assist with power restoration efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Maria in September. The team joined four AEP Ohio storm restoration experts who have been on the ground helping since early January.

 

Crews flew out of Columbus and were joined on the plane by 28 line workers from their sister companies Appalachian Power, Indiana Michigan Power and Kentucky Power. The plane also stopped in Tulsa to pickup 22 additional line workers from Southwestern Electric Power and Public Service Company of Oklahoma. The group of 64 AEP workers safely arrived in Puerto Rico on Saturday evening, Jan. 27.

 

“This is more than a power restoration mission; it’s a humanitarian mission,” said Dave Callahan, AEP Ohio emergency preparedness manager. “We’re honored to lend our expertise to help bring power back to the people of Puerto Rico.”

 

The crews will focus their work in Caguas — a remote and mountainous area that was hit hard by the storm. They’ll work 12 to 16 hours a day, seven days a week to install and repair equipment. Bucket trucks and other necessary equipment were sent via barge to the island and arrived just ahead of the crews.

 

“The conditions in Puerto Rico are dire. Any sacrifices our employees are making are small in comparison to the conditions that the people of Puerto Rico have been living in for the last several months,” said Callahan.

 

AEP has dedicated more than 80 employees to join the nearly 5,500 restoration workers already on the island. For decades, utility companies from across the country have come together when disasters strike. Restoration work is being done in conjunction with the American Public Power Association, the Edison Electric Institute and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association following a recent request by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). AEP and its subsidiaries are among several U.S. mainland energy companies providing resources and workers to PREPA.

 

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About AEP Ohio

 

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 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 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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