Gov. DeWine Seeks Answers on AEP Power Outages

Gov. Mike DeWine has joined the chorus of those wanting answers from AEP regarding recent widespread power outages, calling for a review by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. The outages affected more than 230,000 Ohioans, including some manufacturers. DeWine’s statement follows the OMA’s earlier call for a review by the PUCO and grid operator PJM Interconnection.

A Columbus news outlet reports that AEP’s most recent report to the PUCO “proposed hundreds of millions of dollars” in grid improvements through 2024. A former AEP engineer said if these enhancements were to have a significant impact, “they would have to be completed much faster.” 6/22/2022