AEP Texas directed to increase number of service interruptions

AEP Texas was instructed to increase the number of service interruptions that began early Monday morning. 

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas instructed AEP Texas and other electric utilities to increase the number of interruptions, according to a news release. 

AEP Crew from West Texas work to restore power to customers after Hurricane Harvey Sunday, AUg. 27, 2017, in Corpus Christi.

As of 9:30 p.m. Monday, there were 441,000 outages for AEP Texas, following the directive from ERCOT. The number of outages increased from 367,000 AEP customers without power in the state Monday afternoon, the release states.

As of Tuesday morning, there were 47,751 customers without power in Nueces County, according to the AEP website.

Earlier Monday, ERCOT expected utilities would be given the “go-ahead” Tuesday to begin full service restoration. There were no new details Monday night. 

“AEP Texas is prepared to begin restoration of service to customers as soon as it receives the order from ERCOT,” the release reads. “Circuit loading due to the length of time customers have been without power could result in some customer groups not having their service restoration delayed further.”

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