Transource® operates its transmission assets with the highest standards of reliability, safety and NERC compliance by utilizing its members’ resources and experience. Both AEP and GPE operate multiple, fully-functional control centers and employ more than 1,000 people in field operations to maintain, operate and restore their transmission systems. Operationally, Transource's members interface with regional transmission organizations (RTOs), independent system operators (ISOs), reliability organizations, and customers.
AEP's operational capability includes directly or indirectly serving about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP Transmission's Operations Training program is recognized within the industry.
The large inventory of spare equipment maintained by the partners assures Transource will have a wide range of modern equipment resources at hand for timely and cost-efficient delivery and deployment. This minimizes the spare equipment that Transource must maintain as a stand-alone entity, potentially providing access to a wider range and variety of equipment, and significantly reducing the delivery time compared to securing replacement equipment purchased from a vendor. This inventory is also a significant benefit when performing major storm restoration because supplies can be accessed from other regions, potentially improving restoration time.