2007-01-13 / Editorials & Letters

Time to comment on power outages

Editor:

Residents in central Ohio concerned about power outages and the cost of their electricity from American Electric Power (AEP) have an opportunity to express their opinions at a local public hearing in Reynoldsburg at 6 p.m. on Jan. 17 at the Reynoldsburg Municipal Building, 7232 East Main Street.

The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC), the residential utility consumer advocate, has an ongoing concern that AEP is failing to provide reliable electric service. Now, the company has proposed a plan to improve its system. To do so however, AEP also proposes increases to its rates. The OCC opposes AEP's plan since the proposal would raise rates and the company has not demonstrated that reliability would be improved. Instead, the OCC believes AEP should improve its service from the money it receives from customers under current rates, more of which could be used to ensure reliable service.

Now is the time for consumers to voice their opinions. The OCC encourages customers to testify at the upcoming local hearing, which will be held by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). For more information about this important issue and how to get involved, consumers can contact the OCC at www. pickocc.org or by calling 1-877- PICKOCC (1-877-742-5622).

Janine Migden-Ostrander C o n s u m e r s ' C o u n s e l

Columbus

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