Panel to Study Electric Service Reliability

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Electric service reliability in West Virginia will be studied by a panel created by the state Public Service Commission.

The Associated Press reports that the group will recommend ways to ensure reliable electric service.

The PSC is investigating conditions surrounding a December 2009 storm that knocked out power to about 156,000 customers of Appalachian Power. About 80,000 Allegheny Energy customers lost power as well.

Appalachian Power spokeswoman Jeri Matheney said the company believes there should be an established set of guidelines for reliability.

But she said such rules would affect day-to-day reliability more than widespread outages caused by severe weather or other disasters.

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