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AEP Customers Could Pay for Windstorm


Reporter: Lauren Compton l Photographer: Ira Quillen

Appalachian Power is still hard at work repairing down power lines and moving debris. When they're done, the cost of restoring power could be passed on to you.

Appalachian Power officials say the company recoups the cost of fixing damaged power lines by billing customers. But in order to bill customers for the cost, AEP has to first go the State Corporation Commission.

The company is required to file for an increase and the SCC reviews that request. Officials say they usually have enough built into their budget to recover the cost of storms but, the derecho storm was record-setting.

 "It was like two and half times more customers were outraged by this storm than ever before in our history. It was an enormous storm. We don't have rates high enough to recover those cost," Jeri Matheneny, an AEP spokesperson.

AEP officials say any change would be reflected on your bill. Right now their main focus is restoring power to all customers by Monday night.

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