The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio last week rejected a request from American Electric Power to have customers subsidize two coal plants. So what will it mean for future utility proposals in Ohio?
Franklin County is one of dozens of counties in Ohio still working on debris clean up more than a week after the record-setting winds of September 14th.
Long after the power is restored, the cleanup will continue. Tree limbs and branches line nearly every street in Central ohio Although it may be unfortunate for the people who lost trees due to the high winds from remnants of Hurricane Ike, landscapers and mulching companies are cleaning up – in more ways than one.
An estimated 400,000 homes and businesses in Central Ohio, remain without electricity this morning while grocery and hardware stores try to keep up with demand for food, ice and batteries in areas hit by Sunday’s wind storm. Some schools are closed for a third consecutive day others are operating on delayed openings.
As of Wednesday afternoon, about a third of AEP’s Franklin County customers were still without power. In some neighborhoods lights may go on tonight as other homes stay dark. WOSU set out to find out why this happens.
For Central Ohioans still without power, it’s been about 48 hours since they last had electricity. That means perishable foods like meats, milk and cheese are no longer fit to eat. To help people in need of a good meal and a hot shower, the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus has a shelter at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.
American Electric Power crews worked through the night. The utility says it could be several days to as long as a week before all power is restored.
Sunday’s storm and resulting power outages have forced several Central Ohio School Districts to canceled classes for Tuesday, September 16th.
Central Ohio residents are preparing for the second major snowfall of the season… and so are utility crews.
Under pressure from the Ohio EPA, the City of Columbus is planning to build a tunnel system to handle surges in storm water runoff.
Authorities in Nelsonville are still investigating a Saturday night explosion that forced the evacuation of 60 homes in the Athens County community. No one was injured. The driver of a Jeep skidded off a city street and gasoline spread through the city’s storm water drainage system.