Duke can charge customers for September windstorm

COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) - Duke Energy will be allowed to charge customers for a September power outage that left about 83 percent of the Ohio customers without electricity.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has yet to act on the request of several consumer groups, including the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC), to investigate the reliability of Ohio's major electric utilities after a September 2008 windstorm that left some Ohioans without power for more than a week.

Meanwhile, the PUCO announced Wedneday that both Dayton Power & Light (DP&L) and Duke Energy Ohio may  defer millions of dollars related to the storm so it can collect it with interest from consumers at a later date.

Duke Energy Ohio estimated it cost $31 million to restore service to their customers during the storm.

The PUCO also allowed, in December, American Electric Power (AEP) to defer its storm-related costs after 700,000 customers lost power at the height of the wind storm. AEP did not provide any expenses incurred as a result of the outages.