American Electric Power is finishing up its work restoring power to the few remaining customers who lost it during the June 29th storm. Now comes the task of totaling what the storm cost AEP, and who is going pay for it. WOSU reports the utility likely will ask its customers to pay much of the tab.
About 89,000 American Electric Power customers are still in the dark a week after heavy storms hit Ohio.
American Electric Power says it’s restored power to most of the customers who lost electricity after heavy weekend storms, but about 143,000 homes and businesses are still without electricity.
The decision by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio could mean higher bills for customers who’ve already switched to other providers.
Electric companies these days seem to be taking a page out of political campaign handbooks. They are running negative television commercials, buying large newspaper ads and sending direct mail.
The proposal would allow electric companies to use some projects that involve fossil fuels to help satisfy renewable energy mandates from the state.
American Electric Power today proposes higher electricity bills beginning this summer. Spokesman Jeff Rennie says the utility needs a five percent boost in rates mostly to cover its distribution costs.
Recent changes had more than doubled the electric bills for some small businesses.
The plant uses natural gas instead of coal to make electricity.
Environmental and public health advocates are praising the new emissions standards as a victory. Utilities say they’ll cost jobs and money, and could lead to electric shortages.