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.
After fits and starts for the past 13 years, deregulation of Central Ohio’s electricity supply is taking hold. Customers have choice. At least seven electric supply companies now compete for business in what was once a region served almost exclusively by American Electric Power. Consumers are keeping close watch on the changes and weighing their options.
State officials say help may be available for those with uninsured losses from last week’s superstorm Sandy.
American Electric Power says hundreds of line workers are headed to Ohio and other states likely to see effects from Hurricane Sandy.
Columbus-based American Electric Power says company profits fell by nearly 50 percent in the third quarter.
Some American Electric Power customers can expect to see single digit rate increases in their power bills. Thatâ€™s as a result of a ruling today by the state Public Utilities Commission.
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 itâ€™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.