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How Our Maps are Foundational for Your Power

Keeping the lights on starts with documenting on our system maps the location of every single piece of equipment that’s used to deliver electricity to our customers. If that sounds simple enough, just ask one of the 12 GIS (Geographic Information System) technicians who constantly input the latest information for the hundreds of thousands of …

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‘You Never Know’: Kids Warned About Playing on Ice

When a tragedy occurs, people often wish to go back in time and stop it. To do something, to say something. They want to do what Dave Lightfritz did. Lightfritz, a records specialist in AEP Ohio’s Right of Way organization, lives in a Dublin subdivision and walks his 8-year daughter every morning to her nearby …

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Remembering Mike Busch (1960-2021)

Mike Busch, a 39-year engineer with AEP Ohio, died Sunday, Sept. 5. He suffered a heart attack while hiking with his wife in Nevada as they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. He was 61. “It’s just a tragedy. He was such a kind-hearted person,” said senior engineering technologist Joe Straka, who worked with Busch for …

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Meet Ned and Jed, AEP Ohio Storm Assessors

When Hurricane Ida’s 150-mile-per-hour winds ripped through Louisiana – and the storm failed to leave right away – it left a huge swath of devastation. With trees, poles and other equipment down everywhere, it can be difficult to know just how bad the damage is and what’s needed to get the power back on. Any …

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Belmont Line Crew Lends a Hand Following Car Crash

Called out for storm duty on Friday, Aug. 13, a Belmont line crew had just hit the road and had a long night ahead of them. That didn’t stop them from helping someone in need. About 200 customers were without power in the Belmont area following a storm, and nine lineworkers were gearing up to …

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Ty Carpenter: From Welder to Forester

Ty Carpenter was a welder for 26 years. Then, with hardly a look back, he put his entire career in the rearview mirror. “A guy I worked with went to Asplundh,” Carpenter said. “A year after he called me and said, ‘want a job’?” “He told me what it was. And I thought I was …

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