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PUCO: Ohio's Utilities to Conduct Review of AEP's Imposed Power Outages

The goal is to avoid more of them in the future

On Wednesday, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Chair Jennifer French said in a prepared statement that the agency will be "communicating with Ohio's utilities to do an after-action review and determine what steps, if any, can be taken to avoid future occurrences" of significant power outages such as the one many in central Ohio has experienced this week.

French made the statement at a commission meeting. Hundreds of thousands of AEP Ohio customers have experienced power outages this week amid a heat wave following storms Monday night into Tuesday morning.

In an update Wednesday evening, AEP Ohio said crews had made significant progress repairing damage to the transmission lines which will allow them to begin restoring power to substations and Columbus-area customers in the early morning hours on Thursday.

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