Electric and Magnetic Fields
Electric and magnetic fields are everywhere. Virtually all human
beings in industrialized countries are exposed to them most of the
time. Electric and magnetic fields (EMF) occur in nature and
wherever electricity flows.
Electric fields are produced by the presence of voltage or an
electrical charge: the higher the voltage, the greater the electric
The earth’s magnetic field is the force that causes a compass to
always point north. Magnetic fields also result from current or the
flow of electricity in a wire; field strength increases as the current
increases and decreases as distance from the wire increases.
Objects such as trees, shrubs and buildings can block electric
fields. Magnetic fields, however, are not easily blocked and can
pass through most objects. The strength of both fields declines
rapidly as the distance from the wire increases.
Electric and magnetic fields
are created by electric lines
needed to power our
society. AEP is obligated to
meet its customers’ needs
by providing service that is
reliable and economical
and as safe as possible.
We must design and
operate our electric system
in a manner consistent with
all these obligations.
AEP has followed
worldwide scientific studies
and developments related
to EMF for decades. We
have participated in EMF
membership in trade
associations and have
customers and employees
on the issue.