Proposal Would Require Utilities to Pay for Outages

1 decade 1 year 2 weeks ago Tuesday, June 05 2007 Jun 5, 2007 Tuesday, June 05, 2007 4:52:16 PM CDT June 05, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A proposal before the Public Service Commission would require utilities to provide credits to customers who endure prolonged or frequent power outages. The commission is expected to consider whether to move forward with the rule in the next couple weeks. The rule covers various issues on power reliability. But one element likely to generate strong feelings on both sides is the requirement that utilities provide customer credits in some cases. The proposed rule says investor-owned electric companies like Ameren and Aquila must restore power after a major storm within five days. For problems during normal weather, the lights should come back on in 16 hours. If not, utilities generally would credit customers the greater of 25 dollars or their fixed monthly charge.

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