AEP dedicates new transmission operations center
COLUMBUS, Ohio.– American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) today dedicated a new 83,500-square-foot facility in the Village of New Albany that houses the company’s electricity transmission control operations.
AEP’s new transmission operations center addresses federal government and industry requirements and recommendations resulting from the September 2001 terrorist attacks, the Northeast blackout of August 2003 and enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
“This new facility represents a significant investment in our transmission system and shows our commitment to ensuring transmission reliability,” said Michael G. Morris, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer. “The center exemplifies AEP’s leadership in developing, demonstrating and deploying innovative technologies that will secure and protect infrastructures that are critical to our nation’s electricity delivery system.”
The operations center performs real-time monitoring of the transmission grid and communicates with the regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and six AEP transmission dispatching centers within the company’s 11-state service territory.
The center has layers of physical security and monitoring and access-control systems to ensure safety and reliability. It was built to withstand an F4 tornado and features system redundancies.
The new facility also is a candidate for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. LEED focuses on sustainable site development, energy efficiency, water savings and selection of “green” materials and resources.
Construction of the center started in 2006, and operations began there two months ago with approximately 100 employees who transferred from AEP’s former operations center in downtown Columbus. That location is now a backup operations center and training facility.
Speaking at today’s dedication ceremony in addition to AEP’s Morris were Federal Energy Regulatory Commission members Jon Wellinghoff and Philip Moeller; Rick Sergel, president and chief executive officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corp.; Terry Boston, president and chief executive officer of PJM Interconnection, the RTO in which AEP’s eastern footprint is located; and Nancy Ferguson, mayor of the Village of New Albany.
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