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Thousands of customers were without power on Tuesday afternoon, causing traffic lights to go black.

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Richard

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Another shining example at the lack of AEP maintaning their grid and allowing equiptment to fail and then replace vs maintaning and replacing when useful life is reached. Its an embarasement to live in the home office's city and have one of the worst grids due to AEP butting shareholders over customers.
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"Several traffic lights, particularly at intersections on the north side and OSU Campus area, were dark. Motorists should treat those intersections as four-way stops."

Are you guys kidding? Seven cars heading south on High Street at King Avenue just blew through the instersection. I was almost t-boned by some "chick" with a cell phone glued to her ear. If people like that are not going to stop for a RED light under normal circumstances, what would make you think that they are capable of acting on "abstract" concepts like stopping and taking turns?

Richard

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what further is unbelievable is Ohio Dominican University has no power yet the neighborhood around it does.
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roughly half of campus was out from 2-3ish till 10PMish.

It didn't seem like there was any rhyme or reason. in many cases, you were either on the lucky side of the street or you were without power. OR you'd be the one house on the street with power while everyone else was hanging out on the front porch in the dark.

my electric service is "Columbus Division of Electricity" and I didn't suffer. I wonder if this was the difference?
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Richard wrote:
Another shining example at the lack of AEP maintaning their grid and allowing equiptment to fail and then replace vs maintaning and replacing when useful life is reached. Its an embarasement to live in the home office's city and have one of the worst grids due to AEP butting shareholders over customers.
This is the 2nd or 3rd (or maybe 4th) time this has happened around campus this summer.

I was wondering if the blast of 30K-50K new people moving into the campus hood had anything to do with it.
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AEP just sucks. My mom's power on the north side goes out all the time. I live in the backwoods on the side of a mountain and my service is more reliable than hers. AEP simply doesn't give a shitt about their customers.
C King

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Time warner cable is out in Coshocton OH
Cathy

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Maybe aep cant supply all the demand
sensi with no sense

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Josh the Plumber wrote:
Several of my neighbors and I had a whole house automatic backup generator installed on our Dublin homes after getting fed up with the frequent outages we experience. Sure the generator was expensive, but its nice to only be without power for seconds rather then hours; the only thing is we cannot run the dryer or oven (big deal) when on generator power. AEP is awful.
In the westernized world the US is the country with the longest power outages.
This has various reasons: old equipment, cables being put on poles instead underground, rougher weather extremes than in Europe for example, also neglecting infrastructure in order to make fast money, trees interfering with the poles etc.

You are absolutely right installing your own generator! Never in my life have I seen such a substandard in Western Europe before than in Ohio. I've seen transformers blown not only a couple of times but so many times I stopped counting and even setting parts of backyards on fire. I've seen blown transformers and the surge in electricity destroying expensive equipment.

For a country where the electric power grid has been invented it is a shame to be not a leader having modern standards such as other countries have.

In the end it's all about the money they are greedy to accumulate. Their money.
sensi with no sense

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this is 3rd world standard, too:

http://tigernewspaper.com/wordpress/wp-conten...
sensi with no sense

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this is 1st world worthy:

http://www.schlappner-elektro.de/wp-content/u...
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I would not be suprises if these blackouts are occuring so that AEP can raise rates and post even higher profit margins.

“Sadly it is what it is.”

Since: Nov 09

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Why fix it right in the first place when a bandaid will do. Same with my company. No such meaning of prventive maintenance.
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You ppl are pathetic. It's a power outage...no one died...so therefore get a life.
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The power to the NorthEast area around Silver Drive lost power again this morning, 10/22/10 just after 6am. AEP reports on its 1-800 line that power is expected to be restored by 9am. No information was given as to the cause of the second outage in this area.
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sensi with no sense wrote:
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In the westernized world the US is the country with the longest power outages.
This has various reasons: old equipment, cables being put on poles instead underground, rougher weather extremes than in Europe for example, also neglecting infrastructure in order to make fast money, trees interfering with the poles etc.
You are absolutely right installing your own generator! Never in my life have I seen such a substandard in Western Europe before than in Ohio. I've seen transformers blown not only a couple of times but so many times I stopped counting and even setting parts of backyards on fire. I've seen blown transformers and the surge in electricity destroying expensive equipment.
For a country where the electric power grid has been invented it is a shame to be not a leader having modern standards such as other countries have.
In the end it's all about the money they are greedy to accumulate. Their money.
Well stated Sensi.....another interesting thing about western Europe....many, many buildings are not air-conditioned. Americans are spoiled, myself included!
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ever try to reach a human being on the phone at aep?? beyond pathetic service. this is what happens when mis-managed companies lose their focus and squeeze all their profits into quarterly dividends and bonuses, instead of investing in themselves and preventative maintenance. this is what led to the recent financial collapse. short-sighted bean counters. where are the puco and consumer counsel???
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wait until we all plug in electric cars! total collapse.
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allyn wrote:
roughly half of campus was out from 2-3ish till 10PMish.
It didn't seem like there was any rhyme or reason. in many cases, you were either on the lucky side of the street or you were without power. OR you'd be the one house on the street with power while everyone else was hanging out on the front porch in the dark.
my electric service is "Columbus Division of Electricity" and I didn't suffer. I wonder if this was the difference?
Yes, it was. those who live where Columbus provides power should sign up- it's cheaper and more reliable by far.
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MAC wrote:
<quoted text>Well stated Sensi.....another interesting thing about western Europe....many, many buildings are not air-conditioned. Americans are spoiled, myself included!
They have a much more mild climate, but because of global warming and hotter and more humid summers in the last years they also start to install air conditions nowadays.

The electric cables are often put underground and they have even some buildings protecting the transformers of the weather extremes.

When I see the pole in the ease-way in my backyard with such a lot of cables (communication, electricity) hanging down and across and also obstructing the view I just wonder why they cannot dig a little trench to put underground cables in the easeway and put up little transformers on the ground being protected by a special casing. This also would help maintenance workers to be safer because they wouldn't have to climb up old poles. There would be less maintenance necessary in the end, maybe that's what they will not like because it could cost some people their job?

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