With harsh cold and snow forecast for much of the state in the next few days, officials in Ohio’s Department of Aging are urging precautions for older people who could be at increased risk of weather-related problems.
AEP Faces Possible Fine From Public Utilities Commission
American Electric Power faces possible fines from the Public Utilities Commission. For the second consecutive year the Columbus-based utility had too many power outages that lasted too long. AEP Spokeswoman Vikki Michalski (Muh-hull’-skee) says downed trees are the major source of power disruptions and since 2009, the company has sped up its tree clearance along power lines.
“At the end of 2012 we had invested approximately $237-million dollars and completed clearing roughly 21,000 miles of our 31,000 miles of our overhead electric distribution lines.” Says Michalski.
Public Utilities Commission spokesman, Jason Gilham, says the agency will now review AEP’s efforts to limit power disruptions and determine whether the company will be fined or sanctioned.