Public Service Commission Meets in Clarksburg, Talks Utility Response in Derecho
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on November 19, 2012 @ 11:50PM
Created on November 19, 2012 @ 11:25PM
The June 29th Derecho cause major damage to power lines and utilities in our area. Monday the State Public Service Commission held a hearing in Clarksburg as part of it's investigation into utility companies response to that storm.
Two citizens spoke and both said the utilities can do a better job of communicating and cleaning up power lines. They suggested out-of-state crews be closer to the area during storms, so responses are faster. Utility company representative said the Derecho was a surprise, but they do try to learn from each storm.
"I can't control the power, the power company controls that and if they will do their proper maintenance - I think they'll solve a lot of that problem and I don't think you'll have near as many customers affected,' said Kevin Hoover of Buckhannon.
"We have a very aggressive vegetation management schedule. We do it all over the state, you get around and you do all that trimming but again, you're only able to trim what is in the easement agreement that you have and you need to go out and make special arrangements to take care of the rest," said Todd Meyers of Mon Power.
You can still comment to the PSC. Go to psc.state.wv.us and go to "Submit a comment." The code to use is 12-0993.
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