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American Electric Power Expands Groveport, Ohio Data Center

American Electric Power, one of the nation’s largest electricity producers, will expand its operations in Groveport, Ohio. The company plans to invest more than $125 million and create 17 new jobs in the Columbus Region.

With this investment, AEP will construct a 22,000-square-foot, Tier III backup data center in Groveport that will connect to AEP’s primary data center in New Albany.

AEP currently operates its Transmission Operations Center, as well as its primary production data center, from separate facilities in New Albany. AEP’s new data center in Groveport will provide enterprise infrastructure solutions for critical business applications, while serving as a disaster recovery data center..

Data will flow between AEP’s primary center in New Albany and the new backup data center via an AEP-owned fiber network, allowing the company to centralize its technology for a faster recovery period..

Based in Columbus, AEP is focused on building smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to its customers. AEP operates and maintains the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe and reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP is also one of the nation’s largest electricity producers..

“While Groveport’s strength has traditionally been in warehouse and distribution operations, AEP’s new facility will be the first data center located in Groveport, highlighting the successful diversification of our economic base as we look to the future” said Jeff Green, Director of Finance and Assistant City Administrator at the City of Groveport. “By locating its critical data facility here, AEP is providing depth and credibility to the community’s infrastructure stability.”.

Data center operators in the Columbus Region benefit from a robust fiber optic and electrical infrastructure, competitive power costs, low natural disaster risk and one of the nation’s best tax climates for data centers. The Region is home to more than 50 data centers, making it one of the most fiber-rich, high-tech areas in the U.S.


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