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AEP Ohio pledges $1 million to help Franklin County residents through local organizations

Courtesy of FOX 28
By Jarrod Clay
June 17, 2022

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — Following storms early this week and extended power outages that followed, AEP Ohio announced it would be making a financial contribution to provide assistance to Franklin County residents through local organizations.

AEP Ohio pledges $1 million to help Franklin County residents through local organizations

“This week, extreme storms, followed by extremely hot weather resulted in a unique situation where power outages throughout Columbus had to be taken to prevent wider-spread outages, which created challenges for many Franklin County residents,” AEP Ohio said.

AEP said it is partnering with the Columbus Urban League, IMPACT Community Action, Lifecare Alliance, and the Mid-Ohio Food Collective and will provide $1 million that will be used to help relieve financial burdens for residents.

The power company called this week’s outages an “emergency situation,” but customers and customer advocates want more of an explanation.

The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel said Thursday they want an investigation into why the emergency came about in the first place.

AEP Ohio pledges $1 million to help Franklin County residents through local organizations

AEP released a statement Thursday that said:

“We understand the hardship extended outages can create, and the frustration of our customers. These outages were caused by the storm and high winds that hit our service territory, combined with the high temperatures and resulting demand for power. Regarding inquiries from the PUCO and any other regulatory bodies, we will fully cooperate with the PUCO and all of the regulators to discuss this week’s storm response. Also, as we do after every major storm, we will conduct our own internal review and evaluation.”

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