Review of utility companies’ response to power outages backed by Gov. DeWine

Duke Energy crews are working to restore power to all customers by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Here...
Duke Energy crews are working to restore power to all customers by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Here is a broken pole in Blue Ash.(Provided by Duke Energy)
Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 1:30 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A review into the widespread power outages in Ohio, which began with storms on June 13, has the support of Gov. Mike DeWine.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio [PUCO] announced two days after thousands and thousands of Ohioans lost power they would conduct a review into the outages.

The review will focus on Ohio’s electric utilities related to electric power outages and the actions those utilities may or may not have taken, according to Gov. DeWine.

The Ohio governor released a statement Tuesday, saying he agrees that the review is called for.

“I support this review and note that many of the questions Ohioans are asking in the light of these power failures should be reviewed as part of the PUCO process, including:

  • What steps are Ohio’s utilities taking to ensure that the significant disruption Ohioans experienced last week does not occur again?
  • Why certain central Ohio neighborhoods lost power and others did not?
  • Why certain northeast Ohio communities took the better part of a week to come back online?
  • Did utilities do enough to communicate to their customers ahead of planned power shut-offs to protect the grid, especially when electronic communications cannot be accessed without electricity?

“I look forward to the findings of the PUCO,” Gov. DeWine said.

The June 13th storms knocked out power to 177,000 customers in the Tri-State, making it the worst outage in a decade, according to Duke Energy spokesperson Sally Thelen.

Thelen told FOX19 NOW Duke Energy has not “formally been contacted by the PUCO” when asked for comment on the review.

Her entire statement is below:

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